Juha Uitto*, Global Environment Facility
Indran Naidoo*, United Nations Development Programme
Background and Introduction
International Journal of Geospatial and Environmental Research
Number 2: New Data for Geospatial Research
This Guidance is the culmination of the collaborative efforts of UNEG members and was developed by the UNEG ‘Human Rights and Gender Equality Working Group'. The following members have in particular provided substantive contribution throughout the development of the Guidance: Sabrina Evangelista, Messay Tassew and Silke Hofer (UN Women), Laurence Reichel & Matthew Varghese (UNICEF), Sabas Monroy (OHCHR), Natalie Raaber (UNFPA), Pascale Reinke-Schreiber (UNODC), Dawit Habtemariam (WFP), and Anna Viggh (GEF).
The Independent Evaluation Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS) discuss the role of evaluation in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Juha I. Uitto, Director of the Independent Evaluation Office of the GEF, published an article for a special GEF issue of UNEP magazine OurPlanet. The article gives an overview of the preliminary findings of the Sixth Comprehensive Evaluation of the GEF (OPS6).
Evaluating Climate Change Action for Sustainable Development
Editors: Uitto, Juha Ilari, Puri, Jyotsna, van den Berg, Rob D. (Eds.)
The article Evaluating Carbon Sequestration by Geeta Batra and Juha I Uitto discusses how projects underway to restore deforestation and land degradation are difficult in quanitifying success, calling for a new multidisciplinary analytical approach.
The article by Juha Uitto in the Global Policy in 2016 focuses on approaches to evaluate the nexus between environment and poverty in international development where issues of environmental conservation and management meet the social and economic development needs. Based on a review of evaluation literature and practical evaluation experience, the article draws lessons for evaluating sustainable development and suggests implications for evaluating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The article Experiences with Systematic Triangulation at the Global Environment Facility by Carlo Carugi discusses ways systematic triangulation can be used when facing common challenges in evaluation, such as the scarcity or unreliability of data, or the complexities of comparing and cross-checking evidence from diverse disciplines. The article provides a self-assessment of how effective the GEF Independent Evaluation Office’s systematic triangulation has been in identifying key findings in its country-level evaluations.
Geeta Batra prepared a paper on evaluation approaches adopted by the GEF IEO to measure the impacts of GEF interventions in focal areas that are related to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which include the measurement of environmental benefits across focal areas and broad socio-economic co-benefits. Some of these approaches include mixed methods and complexity theory, incorporating assessments of quality assurance and safeguard mechanisms, mainstreaming methodologies for evaluating partnerships, private sector and civil society engagement, and establishing partnerships in evaluation.