In 2010, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) completed an evaluation of CERF-funded projects implemented by FAO from 2006 to 2009. This is the first time an agency has engaged in such an exercise and will contribute to the General Assembly mandated five-year evaluation of CERF which has just commenced. The evaluation intends to contribute to improved relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of emergency activities carried out by FAO with CERF funding.
The stated aim of the report is to provide feedback and guidance to FAO’s management on operational processes, constraints and projects achievements, to account for the use of CERF funds to the CERF Secretariat, the ERC, donors, governments of countries affected by crises and other stakeholders. Since the inception of CERF, CERF has provided over US$166 million in funding to FAO projects.
The total number of projects covered in the evaluation is 28, approximately one fifth of the 160 CERF-funded projects implemented by FAO from 2006 to 2009. The evaluation demonstrates that the CERF has enhanced FAO’s response capacity over the past five years by providing reliable, rapid and predictable funding, which has helped save lives and restores livelihoods in crisis situations.