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.
As part of OPS5 the Independent Evaluation Office undertook an update of the Joint Evaluation of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) undertaken with DANIDA (Danish International Development Assistance) in 2009. Quality-at-entry reviews of the 138 projects approved to implement National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs) were done to assess the extent to which they respond to key issues identified by NAPAs.
Annual Thematic Evaluations Report 2012 presents an overview of the progress of the Evaluation of GEF Enabling Activities and the main conclusions and recommendations for the Evaluation of the GEF Focal Area Strategies. The Evaluation of GEF Enabling Activities aims to provide the GEF Council with lessons learned from implementing enabling actaivities and evaluative evidence of their role in the overall catalytic effect of the GEF.
The Evaluation of GEF Focal Area Strategies, requested by the GEF Council during its May 2011 meeting (GEF/ME/C.40/01), was carried out from February 2012 to November 2012. Findings and recommendations were presented to the GEF Council at its November 2012 meeting.
The Annual Performance Report (APR) is a regular feature of the GEF Evaluation Office performance evaluations. The report presented a detailed account of the performance of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) portfolio in terms of results; processes that may affect results; and, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) arrangements.
The Impact Evaluation of GEF Support to the South China Sea (SCS) and Adjacent Areas stems from a recommendation made in the Fourth Overall Performance Study of the GEF (OPS4) to carry out an in-depth assessment of progress towards impacts in the International Waters focal area. This evaluation was carried out from December 2010 to September 2012. The evaluation covered 34 projects in 7 countries, spanning almost 20 years of GEF support.
This is the fifth annual impact report compiled by the Global Environment Facility Evaluation Office (GEFEO) and presents information on activities including progress made in implementing the impact evaluation of GEF activities in the South China Sea and adjacent areas to address regional transboundary issues. The report outlines the objectives, scope, approach, methodology, limitations, proposals for stakeholder involvement and progress to date in relation to the evaluation.
The Annual Thematic Evaluations Report 2011 provides an overview of the ongoing work in the thematic evaluations work program for fiscal year 2010 and presents the main conclusions and recommendations for the Evaluation of GEF National Capacity Self-Assessments (NCSAs). The evaluation provides evaluative evidence on progress toward NCSA objectives, as well as main achievements and lessons learned from the implementation of NCSAs one decade after they wereestablished. The evaluation offers recommendations as input for developing a new GEF strategy on capacity development.
At the request of the GEF Council, the Evaluation Office conducted an evaluation of the GEF support to the National Capacity Self-Assessment (NCSA) program. The evaluation was conducted fully and independently by the GEF Evaluation Office with support from the GEF Secretariat, GEF Agencies, governments, and civil society organizations. Findings and recommendations from this evaluation was presented to the GEF Council, at its November 2011 meeting.
Housed at the GEF, the SCCF was established in 2001 to support climate change projects in all developing country parties to the UNFCCC through four funding windows: adaptation, technology transfer, sector-specific projects, and assistance with diversification of fuel-dependent economies. Carried out from May to September 2011, the SCCF evaluation covered 26 projects and aimed to collect evaluative evidence on the progress toward SCCF objectives as well as main achievements and lessons learned during a decade of SCCF implementation.
The fourth annual impact report contains updates on the evaluation of GEF Biodiversity projects in Peru undertaken in collaboration with the Independent Evaluation (IEG) group of the World Bank. The evaluation aims to assess the impact of GEF support on Biodiversity, environmental stress reduction, and the socioeconomic status of local communities.