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Independent Evaluation of the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM)


IFAD contribution agreement no 2000001795 “Supporting Civil Society participation in the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS)”

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Project team

Dr Priscilla Claeys, Dr Jessica Duncan (Wageningen University)


Wageningen University

Duration of project

January 2018 - July 2018


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Project overview

The 2018 independent evaluation of the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) was conducted with the aim of assessing how the CSM is functioning in line with its founding document, guiding principles and mandate. As the Evaluation Team, we were tasked with evaluating key aspects of the CSM functioning in the context of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) as it is today, 8 years after the Reform, and 3 years after the last evaluation.

Project objectives

As per the terms of reference (ToRs), the evaluation addressed the following key dimensions:

  • The CSM internal dynamics: the internal ways of working of the CSM, the successes achieved and the challenges faced by its participating organizations across the different levels of articulation of their struggles.
  • The CSM external dynamics: the effectiveness and usefulness of the CFS global governance space for civil society organizations and social movements engaged in the CSM; this external dimension is analyzed in conjunction with a forward-looking vision for the CFS, enabling us to assess the role of the CSM in relation to a changing CFS.
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