1.1 The Evaluation
The evaluation of Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) funded projects was undertaken in 2009-2010 to provide feedback and guidance to FAO’s management on operational processes, constraints and projects achievements so far, and to account for the use of CERF funds to the CERF Secretariat, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, donors, governments of countries affected by crises and other stakeholders. The Evaluation was meant to be forward-looking and to contribute to improved relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of emergency activities carried out by FAO with CERF funding in the future. It was timed to serve as an input in the food security sector for the five year global evaluation of the CERF, foreseen in 2010-2011.
The Evaluation included initial briefings in Rome and New York, visits to OCHA regional offices in Dakar, Bangkok and Johannesburg, a portfolio review of all FAO CERF-funded projects, an analysis of key corporate databases, and eight case studies in a purposeful sample of countries (Cuba, Kenya, Lesotho, Myanmar, Niger, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and a regional project on red locust control in Southern Africa). In each of the countries, OED utilized the services of two or three independent national consultants to conduct the case study. The case study consultants met with the broadest possible array of partners and beneficiaries in country and produced country reports which served as a basis for the present synthesis report. Two previous evaluations in Syria and Tajikistan that had covered CERF projects in 2009 also informed the present evaluation.