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 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.
This Seventh Annual Country Portfolio Evaluation Report (ACPER) provides a synthesis of the evaluative evidence contained in the Country Portfolio Evaluations (CPEs) and Country Portfolio Studies (CPSs) conducted in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. These include two CPEs, one conducted in Tanzania and one in Eritrea, and one CPS conducted in Sierra Leone.
National Portfolio Formulation Exercises (NPFEs) are meant to serve as tools for enhancing country ownership in determining programming priorities in a given GEF replenishment period. The NPFEs are meant to also set forth country priorities for the use of GEF resource in a transparent manner for the benefit of all GEF stakeholders including the anticipated demand for resources, both from countries’ national allocations under the System for Transparent Allocation of Resources (STAR) and outside these allocations.
The GEF piloted a Resource Allocation Framework (RAF) during its GEF-4 replenishment period to allocate resources to countries in a transparent and consistent manner based on global environmental priorities and country capacities, policies and practices relevant to successful implementation of GEF projects. Indicative country allocations under RAF covered activities in the climate change and biodiversity focal areas.
This report presents the findings and recommendations of the cluster portfolio evaluation of Global Environment Facility (GEF) support to six member countries of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS): Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St.
The sixth annual country portfolio evaluation report (ACPER) 2013 provides a synthesis of evaluative evidence contained in the country portfolio evaluations and country portfolio studies during the past year. The ACPER, covering countries in Asia and the Pacific region, focuses on the result and sustainability of GEF support, particularly at the global environmental benefits level; the relevance of the GEF support to the GEF and the countries; and the efficiency of GEF support. Timor Leste, India, Sri Lanka, Vanuatu and SPREP were chosen based on a selection process and a set of criteria including the size, diversity and maturity of their portfolio of projects.
The GEF Evaluation Office undertook an evaluation of its support to India across all GEF Agencies and programs between 1991-2012. From its inception until April 2012 the GEF had allocated US$340 million through 49 approved national projects in India. India is also a participant in 16 regional and global projects supported by the GEF. The CPE for India assessed how GEF activities have performed in terms of producing results, and how those results link to national environmental and sustainable development agendas as well as to the GEF mandate of generating global environmental benefits in its focal areas.
The Cuba Country Portfolio Evaluation (1992 - 2011) was conducted by the Global Environment facility (GEF) Evaluation Office between June 2011 and June 2012. As stated in the Terms of Reference of the evaluation, the country was selected primarily based on its large and mature portfolio of projects in all GEF focal areas with significant emphasis on biodiversity. Since 1992, the GEF has invested about US$44 million, with approximately US$240 million in co-financing through 19 national projects in Cuba.