Review of the GEF Policy on Agency Minimum Standards on Environmental and Social Safeguards 2017

January 2018
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Thematic Evaluation
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Multi Focal Area
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Thematic & Impact
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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:

  1. To what extent do the GEF Minimum Standards align with global best practices and advances in safeguard policies?
  2. To what extent have the GEF Minimum Standards added value to the GEF Partnership?
  3. What mechanism does the GEF Partnership use to inform GEF of projects which trigger internal environmental or social safeguards?
  4. How should the current GEF Minimum Standards evolve for GEF 7?

The evaluation will conduct an overall review of the GEF Agency Minimum Standards with a focus on their relevance and alignment to priorities of the GEF Partnership, global developments in safeguard policies, and expectations of implementation and enforcement. Based on these findings, the evaluation will address implications for the future evolution of the GEF Minimum Standards.