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 has been engaging with indigenous peoples since its inception and significant steps have been taken by the GEF to increase the engagement and participation of indigenous peoples in GEF activities over time. The purpose of this evaluation is to assess the GEF’s engagement activities with indigenous peoples and provide insights and lessons leading to recommendations to strengthen GEF collaborations.
The Sixth Comprehensive Evaluation of the GEF (OPS6) (GEF/ME/C.50/07) aims to report on the progress towards achieving gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment. The overarching OPS6 evaluative question is “to what extent have gender issues and evaluation of its effectiveness been mainstreamed into GEF’s work since the development of its gender policy?” The objectives of the OPS6 Sub-study on Gender Mainstreaming in the GEF are to:
This study seeks to provide insights and lessons on the Global Environment Facility (GEF) adaptation portfolio for the GEF-7 replenishment cycle. It assesses the Special Climate Change Fund’s (SCCF’s) efficacy, results, successes, and shortcomings through a thorough evaluation of the portfolio.
This review of the GEF Policy on Agency Minimum Standards on Environmental and Social Safeguards (2011) aims to provide insights and lessons for GEF7 replenishment cycle, focused on four key questions;
The main purpose of the programmatic approaches evaluation was to assess whether and how GEF support delivered under the programmatic approaches modality has produced the expected results in terms of global environmental benefits while addressing the main drivers of global environmental change.
This study provides insights on the Global Environment Facility (GEF) adaptation portfolio for the GEF-7 replenishment cycle. It assesses the Least Developed Country Fund’s (LDCF’s) efficacy and results for successes and shortcomings in a thorough portfolio evaluation. It provides evidence on progress toward LDCF objectives, major achievements, and lessons learned.
The Impact Evaluation of the GEF Support to Protected Areas (PAs) and PA Systems was completed in October 2015. This joint impact evaluation was conducted by the Independent Evaluation Offices of the GEF and UNDP. From the GEF IEO perspective, this evaluation fits within an ongoing set of impact evaluations covering each of its focal areas, and provided an important set of findings for the GEF 5th Overall Performance Study (OPS5).
The GEF created the Small Grants Programme in 1992 with the aim of developing community-led and -owned strategies and technologies for reducing threats to the global environment while addressing livelihood challenges. Implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the SGP awards small grants—up to a maximum of $50,000—to needy communities to support the use of practices and technologies that benefit the global environment. Since start-up, the SGP has provided over 18,000 such grants to communities in more than 125 countries
The seventh annual impact report (AIR) presents the findings and recommendations of the Climate Change Mitigation Impact Evaluation: GEF Support to Market Change in China, India, Mexico and Russia. The evaluation identifies GEF contributions to GHG emission reduction in all four countries with progress made in changing markets and the factors affecting these processes.
The Climate Change Mitigation Impact Evaluation undertaken by the GEF Independent Evaluation Office focuses on the impact of 18 completed GEF energy-related mitigation projects in four large emerging markets: China, India, Mexico, and the Russian Federation. The projects cover various sectors with opportunities for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and methane emissions reductions. The evaluation included desk reviews of completed projects and extensive country work to assess progress toward impact since project completion, as well as to assess the relevant contextual country and global factors affecting the markets under consideration.