In June 2006, the Global Evaluation Facility (GEF) Council requested that the GEF Evaluation Office undertake an independent evaluation of the Small Grants Programme (SGP). The GEF Evaluation Office invited the Evaluation Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to participate in the evaluation, given that UNDP implements, and is strongly involved in, the SGP.
The joint evaluation was carried out from November 2006 to September 2007, and presented to the Council in November 2007. It included 20 case studies, a review of a random sample of 229 grants, a portfolio review, and specialized reviews on several topics. The purpose of the Joint Evaluation of the Small Grants Programme (SGP) was to assess the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, and cost effectiveness of the SGP in relation to the overall mandate of the GEF. In addition, the evaluation traced the evolution of the SGP, the changes that have taken place in the program, and the drivers of these changes.
Overall, the joint evaluation found that the SGP is a cost-effective way for the GEF to generate global environmental benefits while addressing country priorities and responding to the needs of local populations. It also found that the current management model has reached its limits and is not suitable for a new phase of growth and that SGP governance and audit procedures need to be strengthened.
Related Council Documents