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Review of the WFP’s needs assessment methods
2005 - 2006

As part of the World Food Programme’s Strengthening Emergency Needs Assessment Capacity (SENAC) project, Groupe URD conducted a multi-country study (Afghanistan, Colombia and Laos) on the WFP’s food security needs assessment methods and made recommendations for a revised version of its emergency needs assessment manual.

Groupe URD was commissioned by the ODAN section of the WFP to evaluate the needs assessment methods used by WFP teams and how these translated into decisions about programmes. The evaluation was carried out in 3 countries - Afghanistan, Colombia and Laos.

The evaluation involved field visits and discussions with the WFP and its partners. It led to an general analysis of the WFP’s methods with regard to initial assessments, operations, monitoring and evaluation. Specific recommendations were made for each country and general recommendations were made to revise the initial draft of the emergency needs assessment manual.