As part of the Sixth Comprehensive Evaluation(GEF/ME/C.50/07) of the GEF, the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) is undertaking this study to assess and report on the progress of the GEF Biodiversity Focal Area towards maintaining globally significant biodiversity and the ecosystem goods and services while reducing pressures and addressing the drivers of biodiversity loss (GEF- 6 Focal Area Strategy) .
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.
The main purpose of the evaluation is to assess whether and how GEF support delivered under the programmatic approaches modality has delivered the expected results in terms of global environmental benefits while addressing the main drivers of global environmental change.
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:
This study is the first comprehensive study of the Chemicals and Waste (CW) focal area undertaken by the Global Environment Facility’s (GEF) Independent Evaluation Office (IEO), encompassing the GEF’s grant funding for activities focused on persistent organic pollutants (POPs), ozone depleting substances (ODS), mercury, and sound chemical management more generally. The GEF serves as the Financial Mechanism for the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants and for the Minamata Convention on Mercury.
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:
The approach paper for the Sixth Comprehensive Evaluation of the GEF (OPS6) identifies RBM as one of the areas that will be covered as part of its work to understand relevance and global contribution of the GEF. The aim will be to understand the extent the RBM system captures results of GEF activities and supports adaptive management. This review is being under taken as an input to OPS-6. It will address the key issues related to RBM specified in the OPS-6 approach paper. The work on tracking tools undertaken as part of APR2015 will be an important input to this review.
Is there evidence of GEF support to transformational change?
The objective of this study is to review the Global Environment Facility (GEF) experience with a purposeful sample of operations that have generated transformational results and to identify the factors in the design, implementation, and context of these operations that have contributed to such results, and distill the lessons learned.
The purpose is to help improve the identification, design, and organization of future operations aimed at catalyzing transformational change.
The IEO presents a comprehensive study of private sector engagement.
The purpose of this study is to assess the Global Environment Facility’s (GEF’s) private sector engagement activities and provide insights and lessons leading to recommendations to strengthen the GEF’s collaboration with the private sector in GEF-7.