The catalytic role of the GEF is reflected in the GEF Operational Strategy (OS, 1994) as one of 10 Operational Principles for the development and implementation of the GEF Work Program. This evaluation points the difficulties in implementing and assessing this principle and explores in more depth various approaches to the GEF catalytic role and its implications.
Capacity development is a major priority within the global environmental conventions. This evaluation assessed the capacity activities and modalities supported by the GEF.
The GEF Second Annual Performance Report (APR) 2005, presented and prepared by the GEF Evaluation Office, focuses on completed projects for which terminal evaluations were submitted during fiscal year 2005. The full report provides an assessment of project outcomes, project sustainability, project completion delays, and the quality of monitoring in completed projects.
At its November 2004 meeting the GEF Council requested the GEF Evaluation Office to initiate an evaluation of the biosafety activities financed under the GEF’s Initial Strategy. This report presents the results of this evaluation.
The evaluation contains many valuable findings that will allow the GEF to improve and adapt its support. For example, it was found that countries that already had considerable experience with biosafety issues were better able to utilize the support.
This study analyzes the relationship between local benefits and global environment benefits in the GEF covering 132 GEF projects, including 18 field case studies. The study concentrated only on those GEF projects that had stated objectives to generate local benefits as an essential mechanism in achieving their intended global benefits. The study focused on the role of benefits at the local level: that is, the geographical area directly affected by the intervention.
This report on “Biodiversity Indicators for Monitoring GEF Programme Implementation and Impacts” was prepared for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) by staff of the World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC). The work was commissioned by the GEF Monitoring and Evaluation Team.
The aim of this evaluation is twofold. Firstly, to assess the degree to which the UNEP-GEF Toolkits, used for the development of National Biosafety Frameworks (NBFs) are consistent with the Cartagena Protocol, responsive to country needs, and of sufficient professional quality. Secondly, to get a good overview of what the general issues/difficulties are that respondents encountered during the process of setting up a
National Biosafety Framework.
The Project Performance Report (PPR) has three objectives; to assist decision-making on improvements to policies, strategies , program management, procedures and projects, to promote accountability for resource use, and to document and feedback on results and lessons learned. The PPR draws on the findings of the 2002 Project Implementation Review (PIR), a monitoring process based upon reporting by the GEF Implementing Agencies (IAs) on all projects being implemented for at least one year as of June 2002. The report also compiles findings, lessons, and recommendations drawn from the Secretariat Managed Project Reviews, and Terminal Evaluation Reviews. This Review looks at 272 ongoing projects.
The Project Performance Report (PPR), prepared by the GEF Monitoring and Evaluation Unit, draws on the findings of the 2001 Project Implementation Review (PIR), a monitoring process based upon reporting by the GEF Implementing Agencies (IAs) on all projects being implemented for at least one year as of June 2001. The findings within PIRs are designed to help refine the GEF operation program, improve project design and management, identify scientific and technical questions for further consideration, and identify lessons learned and topics for further evaluation.