Timor Leste Country Strategic Plan Evaluation 2018-2020

Evaluation and Lessons Learned
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Executive summary



  1. The Timor-Leste country strategic plan (CSP) covers the three-year period from 2018 to 2020.
    The scope of this CSP evaluation, however, covers 2015 to mid-2019, to take into account previous operations and thus assess strategic and operational continuity. It assesses WFP’s strategic positioning and the extent to which WFP made the shift expected under the CSP; WFP’s effectiveness in contributing to strategic outcomes; the efficiency with which the CSP was implemented; and factors explaining WFP’s performance.

  2. The evaluation was timed to inform the design of a second CSP for Timor-Leste, with field work conducted in November and December 2019. It employed mixed methods, drawing on monitoring data, document review and semi-structured interviews with stakeholders and beneficiaries. Particular attention was paid to developing a methodology for the assessment of capacity strengthening, a core objective of the CSP. Attention was also paid to developing a systematic framework for assessing whether WFP engaged in gender-responsive programming. Both primary and secondary data were carefully triangulated to minimize dependence on any single source and ensure the validity of findings.


  1. Having gained independence in 2002, Timor-Leste is one of the world’s newest states. Largely as a result of oil revenues, which account for 48 percent of gross domestic product,1 Timor-Leste is now classified as a lower-middle-income country.