The evaluation was jointly commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (MoEAC) and WFP in Namibia upon the completion of a 5-year school feeding roadmap (2012-2017).

This evaluation is two-pronged: On the one hand, assessing the implementation of the roadmap, and on the other, assessing WFP support as per technical agreements. The evaluations sought to serve the three mutually reinforcing objectives:

  • Accountability: Assessing and reporting on the extent to which the milestones outlined in the NSFP road map, M&E Plan and WFP TA agreements were achieved;
  • Learning: Assessing the reasons why results were achieved or not to draw lessons, derive good practices and pointers for learning. It will provide evidence-based findings to inform operational and strategic decision-making;
  • Benchmarking: Set a baseline for key indicators for the home-grown school feeding (linking smallholder farmers and enterprises to schools). This will enable future evaluation of the achievement of the objectives of this linkage.

Specifically, this evaluation sought to:

  1. Determine if the support provided by WFP to MoEAC was in line with the objectives as outlined in the Technical Assistance Agreements signed between the two parties.
  2. Determine the appropriateness of the Technical Assistance provided to MoEAC in its effort to strengthen the implementation of the NSFP.
  3. Assess programme performance and identify successes and challenges in the management and implementation of the NSFP.
  4. Provide opportunities for learning how to strengthen the government’s capacity to design and implement effective NSFP, including management of the NSFP supply chain.
  5. Provide opportunities to develop further insight on how to best provide Technical Assistance to the national governments in Middle Income (MIC) countries.