Audit of USAID/Zambia’s Food Security Activities

Recommendations

Recommendation 1

USAID/Zambia revise its annual report submission to the Foreign Assistance Coordination and Tracking System related to food security activities for FY 2009.

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Recommendation 2

USAID/Zambia develop written policies and procedures to review all data submitted through the Foreign Assistance Coordination and Tracking System to ensure that they meet USAID's data quality standards.

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Recommendation 3

USAID/Zambia contact the USAID Office of Food for Peace and take steps to coordinate and improve monitoring and evaluation of food security activities in Zambia.

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Recommendation 4

USAID/Zambia develop written procedures to improve oversight of reporting on performance indicators related to food security.

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Recommendation 5

USAID/Zambia provide guidance to consortium officials responsible for implementing food security activities on the purpose of performance indicators, including how to develop targets and report valid, relevant, and reliable information.

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Recommendation 6

USAID/Zambia determine whether currently reported indicators that are not required by USAID's Office of Food for Peace should be modified or eliminated to improve the value and quality of the reporting on performance indicators.

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Recommendation 7

USAID/Zambia develop a detailed action plan, with milestones, to increase the pace of project identification by communities and compensate for vital skilled labor shortages in order to meet the overall target for infrastructure improvement.

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Recommendation 8

USAID/Zambia coordinate an independent cost analysis to determine whether internal transport, storage, and handling costs have been correctly classified and to ascertain the most cost-effective method of transporting and distributing commodities.

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