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.
The GEF Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Policy applies to the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF). This Guidance Document provides LDCF/SCCF stakeholders with direction on how to monitor and evaluate results within the overarching framework of the GEF M&E Policy, modified as necessary to adapt to the LDCF/SCCF focus.
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 report presents a detailed overview of the performance of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) activities and processes, key factors affecting performance, and the quality of Monitoring and Evaluation systems (M&E) within the GEF partnership. The tenth Annual Performance Report (APR) includes first-time coverage of 160 completed projects - the largest single APR year cohort to date.
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.
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.