The African biomes strategic country cluster evaluation (SCCE) covers 23 countries situated in two Sub-Saharan African biomes, being the Sahel and the Sudan-Guinea Savanna biomes. Selection of the Sahel and the Sudan-Guinea Savanna biomes country cohort is based on the countries’ comparable land-based environmental challenges. These countries also face challenges related to governance, demographics, migration, conflict and fragility, working as drivers for the environmental issues at hand. Most countries situated in the two biomes are least developed countries (LDCs), and half are countries in fragile situations. Synergies between the African biomes SCCE and the in parallel conducted LDC SCCE will be explored and utilized.
The overarching objectives of the evaluation are
- to provide a deeper understanding of the determinants of sustainability of the outcomes of GEF support in the two biomes, and
- to assess the relevance of the GEF towards the two biomes’ main environmental challenges from the countries’ perspective.
Gender, resilience and GEF operations in fragile situations will be assessed as cross-cutting issues.
The GEF Council is the primary audience for this evaluation. The evaluation’s evidence can also inform GEF Agencies’ proposal development and GEF Secretariat’s appraisal of project proposals. Country- and non-governmental partners engaged in project and program design and implementation form the secondary audience.