IEO conducts accountability and learning-focused evaluations that generate lessons learned for the GEF. The evaluations focus on results, impact and performance of the GEF, and address strategic issues of the partnership.
Overall Performance Studies (OPS) are performed every four years to provide solid evaluative evidence to donors. These evaluations provide an independent assessment of performance and results of the GEF over a GEF replenishment period. The comprehensive evaluations assess the extent to which the GEF is achieving its objectives and identify potential areas of improvement.
The Impact Evaluation of the GEF Support to Protected Areas (PAs) and PA Systems was completed in October 2015. This joint impact evaluation was conducted by the Independent Evaluation Offices of the GEF and UNDP. From the GEF IEO perspective, this evaluation fits within an ongoing set of impact evaluations covering each of its focal areas, and provided an important set of findings for the GEF 5th Overall Performance Study (OPS5).
The GEF Independent Evaluation Office is undertaking an evaluation of the totality of GEF support across all GEF Implementing Agencies and programs in Morocco between 1997 and 2013. This Country Portfolio Evaluation (CPE) will assess the relevance, results, effectiveness, sustainability and efficiency of GEF projects at the country level.
The GEF created the Small Grants Programme in 1992 with the aim of developing community-led and -owned strategies and technologies for reducing threats to the global environment while addressing livelihood challenges. Implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the SGP awards small grants—up to a maximum of $50,000—to needy communities to support the use of practices and technologies that benefit the global environment. Since start-up, the SGP has provided over 18,000 such grants to communities in more than 125 countries
In November 2010, based on the recommendations presented in the paper, ‘Broadening of the GEF Partnership under Paragraph 28 of the GEF Instrument: Key Policy Issues, the GEF Council decided that the GEF will initiate an accreditation process for broadening of the GEF partnership. The Council also instructed the Evaluation Office to initiate an evaluation of the accreditation pilot at the earlier of two milestones: (a) two years after the first five agencies have been accredited or (b) January 2015.
The Annual Performance Report (APR) 2014 was completed by the GEF Independent Evaluation Office in May 2015. The report provides a detailed overview of the performance of GEF activities and processes, key factors affecting performance, and the quality of monitoring and evaluation (M&E systems) within the GEF partnership. The APR provides GEF Council members, the Secretariat, countries, partner Agencies, and other stakeholders with information on the degree to which GEF activities, systems, and processes are meeting their objectives and identifies areas for further improvement.
The GEF Evaluation Office finished an evaluation of the totality of GEF support across all GEF Agencies and programs in Tanzania between 1992-2012. The evaluation assess the relevance, results, effectiveness, sustainability and efficiency of GEF projects at the country level. This GEF Tanzania CPE provides feedback and knowledge sharing to the GEF Council and inform decision making in relation to GEF strategy, policy and resource allocation going forward.
The GEF Evaluation Office conducted an evaluation of GEF support across all GEF Agencies and programs in Vanuatu and other participating countries in SPREP between 1991-2012. The evaluation assessed the relevance, results, effectiveness, sustainability and efficiency of GEF projects at the country and program level. The GEF Vanuatu and SPREP evaluation provides feedback and knowledge sharing to the GEF Council and informs decision making in relation to GEF strategy, policy and resource allocation going forward. It also informs country Governments and other organizations and Agencies involved in GEF-funded activities.
The GEF Evaluation Office in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme completed a Country Portfolio Study (CPS) of the totality of GEF support across all agencies and programs in Sierra Leone from 1996 – 2013. The final report for the GEF Sierra Leone CPS assesses the relevance, results, and efficiency of GEF projects at the country level—that is, how these projects perform in producing results, and how the results are linked to national environmental and sustainable development agendas as well as to the GEF mandate of generating global environmental benefits in its focal areas.
The Joint GEF/Sri Lanka Country Portfolio Evaluation (CPE) was conducted by the GEF Independent Evaluation Office in collaboration with the Sri Lankan Ministry of Finance and Planning, through a Joint Steering Committee. GEF support to Sri Lanka was initiated during the GEF pilot phase in 1992. Up to December 2012, 14 national projects have been completed, 6 projects are being implemented while 2 more projects are at approval stage, and 1 at proposal stage. Out of the total national projects (23), an equal number of projects (9 each) have been invested in biodiversity and climate change.
The Eritrea Country Portfolio Evaluation (CPE) was completed by the GEF Independent Evaluation Office in December 2014. Twelve national GEF projects were assessed based on relevance, results and efficiency from 1992 – 2012. The evaluation provided the GEF Council and the Government of Eritrea with an assessment of results and performance of GEF supported activities in the country, and examined how GEF supported activities fit into the national strategies and priorities as well as within the global environmental mandate of the GEF.