The GEF has been engaging with indigenous peoples since its inception and significant steps have been taken by the GEF to increase the engagement and participation of indigenous peoples in GEF activities over time. The purpose of this evaluation is to assess the GEF’s engagement activities with indigenous peoples and provide insights and lessons leading to recommendations to strengthen GEF collaborations.
Supporting transformational change is a strategic priority of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), as cited in its 2020 vision statement. In this context, transformational change can be understood as deep, systemic, and sustainable change with large-scale impact in an area of global environmental concern.
The relevance of knowledge management to the GEF mandate has been increasingly recognized over the past 15 years. However, the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Overall Performance Studies of the GEF reported that the approach to knowledge management during this period was not comprehensive and had insufficient resources. This evaluation assessed the role of the GEF partnership as a knowledge broker and provider, the relevance and effectiveness of knowledge management and sharing across the GEF partnership, and the barriers to and opportunities for successful implementation.
The Sixth Comprehensive Evaluation of the GEF (OPS6) (GEF/ME/C.50/07) aims to report on the progress towards achieving gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment. The overarching OPS6 evaluative question is “to what extent have gender issues and evaluation of its effectiveness been mainstreamed into GEF’s work since the development of its gender policy?” The objectives of the OPS6 Sub-study on Gender Mainstreaming in the GEF are to:
This study seeks to provide insights and lessons on the Global Environment Facility (GEF) adaptation portfolio for the GEF-7 replenishment cycle. It assesses the Special Climate Change Fund’s (SCCF’s) efficacy, results, successes, and shortcomings through a thorough evaluation of the portfolio.
This evaluation will be framed according to the OECD/DAC guiding criteria for evaluation: Relevance, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Results/Impact and Sustainability. Reflecting expectations that supported initiatives and interventions do not harm the environment or people, this evaluation will address both policy alignment and operational procedures related to the GEF Minimum Standards, and strive to answer the following key questions:
The main purpose of the programmatic approaches evaluation was to assess whether and how GEF support delivered under the programmatic approaches modality has produced the expected results in terms of global environmental benefits while addressing the main drivers of global environmental change.
This evaluation is a formative review of the three Integrated Approach Pilots introduced in GEF-6. They were designed to implement integrated programming as a means of achieving systemic change at scale by addressing the major drivers of global environmental degradation in a holistic way. They are:
Multiple benefits generated through GEF support consist of two types: the global environmental benefits (GEBs) that contribute towards achieving the strategic priorities of multiple focal areas, and the local environmental and socioeconomic benefits that indirectly generate and sustain the GEBs. One way that GEF has sought to create multiple benefits in a more integrated manner is through multi-focal area (MFA) projects. These projects are funded through allocations from different global environmental conventions and/ or trust funds, and track indicators specific to each focal area.
The Sixth Comprehensive Evaluation of the GEF (OPS6) is being undertaken to inform the GEF-7 replenishment on the results and performance of the GEF Partnership and of the activities that the partnership supports, and on areas for further improvement. OPS6 aims to assess two broad areas: (1) institutional, governance, strategy and programming issues, and (2) the performance and impact of the GEF. The GEF IEO conducted a review of the project level accomplishments, as one of the activities to assess the GEF performance and impact.