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[United Nations Development Programme] Joint Programme for Children, Food Security and Nutrition in Cambodia
Author Admin Date 2016.01.05 Views 688
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General Information Project/Program Programme
Project Name Joint Programme for Children, Food Security and Nutrition in Cambodia
Duration January 2010 to December 2012
Donor UNDP and the Government of Spain
Implementiong Organization the UNDP and the Government of Spain
Sector and/or Subsector Classification Children, Food Security and Nutrition
Region Cambodia
Financing €528 million
Analytical Information Stakeholders UNDP; the Government of Spain; the Ministry of Health (MOH), the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS), the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (MoLVT), the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), and the Ministry of Information as well as United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO), Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), World Food Programme (WFP), International Labour Organization (ILO)
Cross-cutting Issue Environment
Impact Analysis Positive changes include the dietary intake of young children as an immediate cause of malnutrition. Feeding practices of young children appeared to be improved and breastfeeding within the first hour as well as feeding of colostrum went up between baseline and end line survey as did overall incidence of breastfeeding. The amount of food consumed by the youngest child as well as by children 36 – 59 months of age increased as did the number of meals and snacks taken. The introduction of solid, semi-solid or soft foods to infants 6 to 8 months of age went up in intervention provinces. Also the minimum dietary diversity for children 6-23 months of age improved. The number of households that received MNP for the youngest child was much higher in intervention than in comparison provinces.
Effectiveness Ownership/Partnership Evaluation Enhancement of the ownership of the FSN agenda can be observed over the Joint Programme period. This both at the national level as well as at the level of the two targeted provinces.High level of ownership of the FSN agenda was reflected in the national seminar on food security and nutrition conducted in mid-2012. The Seminar focused on the theme of Child and Maternal Nutrition and was opened by Samdech Prime Minister Hun Sen and closed by the Deputy Prime Minister, Dr. Yem Chhay Ly, the chairman of CARD. As part of the seminar a roadmap for further improvement of child and maternal nutrition in Cambodia was developed.
Rating 5/5
Policy Coherence/Harmonization Evaluation The role of the Programme Management Committee was to ensure successful performance of the Joint Programme and that programme implementation was in line with the Joint Programme design and RGC policy objectives and national and UNDAF priorities. The primary function of the Programme Management Committee was technical and operational oversight of programme implementation, monitoring, evaluation and endorsing finalized programme documents for the National Steering Committee’s approval
Rating 3/5
Evaluation Framework Evaluation The evaluation applied a participatory approach, including stakeholders as much as possible in the evaluation process. This was meant to enhance ownership of evaluation results and to enable triangulation of data across a range of stakeholders at national as well as sub-national levels. Inputs on recommendations were gathered from all stakeholders as part of the evaluation process.
Rating 4/5
Alignment/Composition of Finance Evaluation The programme practiced a pass through mechanism for financial management, in which resources were channeled through each of the UN agencies making use of its own financial systems and regulations. Each of the UN agencies together with RGC partners implemented their part of the programme with financial and performance responsibilities limited to their respective components. In this way the financial management set-up did not necessarily align with the joint character of the programme, in particular not with outcome level objectives whose realization was shared among multiple agencies.
Rating 4/5
Other Remarks The overall governance of the programme was usefully adapted to the context in Cambodia. The National Steering Committee functioned through the annual UNDAF monitoring meetings, in which RGC and UN partners discussed the performance of the Joint Programme.



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