In 2011, the Evaluation Office of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) conducted two country portfolio studies in El Salvador and Jamaica. Both studies were performed in collaboration with parallel evaluations by the United Nations Development Programme’s Evaluation Office. Country portfolio studies are a new instrument for the GEF country-level evaluation work. As collaborative efforts, they enable more informed evaluation reporting, a lower evaluation burden on the countries, and cost savings.
The fourth annual impact report contains updates on the evaluation of GEF Biodiversity projects in Peru undertaken in collaboration with the Independent Evaluation (IEG) group of the World Bank. The evaluation aims to assess the impact of GEF support on Biodiversity, environmental stress reduction, and the socioeconomic status of local communities.
Brazil’s participation in the GEF started during the GEF pilot phase in 1991. There are 45 national projects in the GEF Brazil portfolio, which together total $336 million with $ 1 billion of co-financing. In addition to national projects, Brazil participates in 14 regional and 21 global GEF projects, addressing all of the GEF focal areas, with the exception of land degradation. The Brazil Country Portfolio Evaluation (1991-2011) was completed in June 2012 and presented to the GEF Council the same month as a part of the Annual Country Portfolio Evaluation Report 2012 (ACPER 2012).
The review of the Global Environment Facility Earth Fund was conducted from June to August 2010. The review included four areas of assessment: compliance with Council decisions, review of earth fund activities, engagement with the private sector and the efficiency of the Earth Fund. The GEF Earth Fund derives from the Public-Private Partnership Initiative established in 2007 as part of an effort to enhance engagement with the private sector. In 2008, the Public-Private Partnership Initiative was renamed the Earth Fund and was restructured to leverage private sector funding.
In November 2008 the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council asked the GEF Evaluation Office to carry out an evaluation of the GEF Strategic Priority for Adaptation (SPA) pilot program. The evaluation was conducted fully and independently by the GEF Evaluation Office with support from the GEF Secretariat, GEF Agencies, governments, and civil society organizations
Jamaica has received financial support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) since 1994. The GEF has invested roughly $11.86 million in Jamaica and $42.09 million in co-financing (data as of end of 2010). The Jamaica Country Portfolio Study covered the full-range of GEF-financed interventions, including national projects and Jamaican elements of regional and global projects.
The GEF Monitoring and Evaluation Policy provides norms and standards for the GEF Secretariat and the GEF Independent Evaluation Office. The policy contains minimum requirements for M&E for GEF-funded activities covering project design, application of M&E at the project level, and project evaluation.
The GEF Council approved the revised M&E Policy in November 2010.
The GEF Sixth Annual Performance Report (APR) 2009, presented and prepared by the GEF Evaluation Office, focuses on completed projects for which terminal evaluations were submitted during fiscal year 2009 (FY 2009). The full report provides an assessment of project outcomes, project sustainability, project completion delays, materialization of cofinancing, and the quality of monitoring in completed projects. The report’s main focus is on terminal evaluations from 55 projects submitted in FY2009, accounting for $208 million in GEF funding.
Moldova has been receiving funds from the GEF since 1994 via 14 national projects in the biodiversity, climate change, international waters and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) focal areas. Moldova was seen as a good choice for evaluation due to its large and diverse portfolio and the fact it has received group allocations under the Resource Allocation Framework (RAF) and also participates in Black Sea and Danube River regional projects. Main findings and recommendations of the Moldova Country portfolio Evaluation were presented to the GEF Council as a part of the Annual Country Portfolio Evaluation 2010 (ACPER 2010).
Turkey has been a long-standing partner of the Global Environment Facility, having received financial support since 1992. The evaluation covered all national projects plus 2 national components of global projects, totaling $36.33 million. In addition, 11 regional projects focusing on the Black and Mediterranean Seas, and Turkey Small Grants Programme were reviewed.