WFP support USDA McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program in Rwanda 2016-2021, Decentralized evaluation report (November 9, 2021) – Rwanda
- This is the final evaluation report of the support of the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition (“McGovern-Dole”) program in Rwanda (2016-2021) of the World Food Program (WFP) of the Department of United States Agriculture (USDA) .1, 2 This activity evaluation covers Phase I of the program from January 2016 to March 2021 and all targeted districts. The evaluation was commissioned by WFP Rwanda.
GOAL, OBJECTIVES, TARGET AUDIENCE AND CONTEXT
The objectives of evaluation are accountability and learning. It examines the impact of the project and identifies lessons for future programming, including the baseline assessment and design of Phase II (2021-2025). The main evaluation questions are:
1) Have literacy rates for school-aged children improved over the course of the program?
2) Has the use of health and diet practices increased?
3) What is the level of involvement and participation of the community in decision-making in school governance mechanisms? and 4) What are the key institutions and governance structures needed to effectively provide, implement and support school meal interventions?
The assessment applies the OECD-DAC assessment criteria and reports on the history and end-of-project status of the indicators required by the USDA.
The main users of the evaluation are WFP Rwanda and its partners, World Vision, Gardens for Health International and Rwanda Biomedical Center, to understand program performance and obtain information to inform future design; Rwanda’s Ministry of Education (MINEDUC), Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) and district governments, to understand program performance and its alignment with government priorities; USDA, to assess program performance, findings and lessons to inform other McGovern-Dole programs; and the WFP Regional Office in Nairobi, WFP HQ, WFP Evaluation Office and WFP Executive Board, for broader organizational learning and accountability.
Rwanda is a small, densely populated country with a growing economy (although COVID-19 has generated some economic setbacks) and a vision to become a high-income country by 2050. It has made significant progress in reducing poverty but continues to experience high levels of food insecurity, malnutrition and stunted growth, especially in rural areas. Almost all children are enrolled in primary school; girls have a slightly higher enrollment rate than boys (98.0% and 97.3%, respectively) 3 and also a higher primary completion rate (101.8% and 89.0, respectively) . 4 The COVID-19 pandemic led to school closures in March 2020; schools reopened in November 2020 for grades 4 to 6 and in mid-late February 2021 for all grades.