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.
Since its inception, the GEF has provided support to its partner countries to improve the sustainability of their forestry resources. Although SFM is not a focal area, SFM/REDD+ initiatives have been supported through the GEF focal area interventions, multifocal projects, integrated approach pilots (IAPs) in GEF-6, and, more recently, designed through the Impact Programs (IPs) in GEF-7.
The GEF Independent Evaluation Office is collaborating with the Environmental Law Institute to assess GEF projects and programs in fragile and conflict-affected situations—in short, to determine whether and how GEF interventions are conflict-sensitive, and the implications thereof.
During the GEF-5 replenishment negotiations it was agreed that, within the framework of paragraph 28 of the GEF Instrument, the GEF partnership needs to be broadened further to enhance country ownership in the GEF operation and to provide recipient countries greater choice in terms of agencies with which they work. At the request of GEF Council, GEF Independent Evaluation Office (GEF IEO) conducted a Process Evaluation of the Expansion of the GEF Partnership to assess the design, transparency and efficiency related aspects of the accreditation process.
In September 2005, the GEF Council agreed to implement a resource allocation framework for the GEF 4 replenishment period. Implementation of the resource allocation framework started in 2006 and it covered biodiversity and climate change focal areas. During its implementation, several weaknesses in its design such as group allocations for some countries, a 50 percent ceiling on resource utilization within first two years of replenishment period, and inadequacy of set-asides, became apparent.
Country portfolio evaluations (CPEs) conducted by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Independent Evaluation Office (GEF-IEO) use the country as the unit of analysis to examine the totality of GEF support across all GEF Agencies and programs.
On request by the GEF Council at its 47th meeting in October 2014, the GEF IEO launched the evaluation of the GEF Civil Society Organization (CSO) Network. The evaluation reviewed the Network’s performance, relevance, effectiveness and results in promoting knowledge dissemination and CSO involvement in GEF policies and programs. The evaluation assessed network performance in the context of other forms by which the GEF engages with civil society.
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.
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 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.