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 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.
El Salvador began receiving GEF support in 1994 with investments around $11.4 million and $22.7 million in co-financing (data as of end of 2010). Eleven national projects have been funded by the GEF that include six projects in biodiversity, three in climate change, one in POPs, and one multifocal project.
In 2011, the Evaluation Office of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) conducted two country portfolio studies in El Salvador and Jamaica. Both studies were performed in collaboration with parallel evaluations by the United Nations Development Programme’s Evaluation Office. Country portfolio studies are a new instrument for the GEF country-level evaluation work. As collaborative efforts, they enable more informed evaluation reporting, a lower evaluation burden on the countries, and cost savings.
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.
Brazil’s participation in the GEF started during the GEF pilot phase in 1991. There are 45 national projects in the GEF Brazil portfolio, which together total $336 million with $ 1 billion of co-financing. In addition to national projects, Brazil participates in 14 regional and 21 global GEF projects, addressing all of the GEF focal areas, with the exception of land degradation. The Brazil Country Portfolio Evaluation (1991-2011) was completed in June 2012 and presented to the GEF Council the same month as a part of the Annual Country Portfolio Evaluation Report 2012 (ACPER 2012).
The review of the Global Environment Facility Earth Fund was conducted from June to August 2010. The review included four areas of assessment: compliance with Council decisions, review of earth fund activities, engagement with the private sector and the efficiency of the Earth Fund. The GEF Earth Fund derives from the Public-Private Partnership Initiative established in 2007 as part of an effort to enhance engagement with the private sector. In 2008, the Public-Private Partnership Initiative was renamed the Earth Fund and was restructured to leverage private sector funding.
In November 2008 the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council asked the GEF Evaluation Office to carry out an evaluation of the GEF Strategic Priority for Adaptation (SPA) pilot 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
Jamaica has received financial support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) since 1994. The GEF has invested roughly $11.86 million in Jamaica and $42.09 million in co-financing (data as of end of 2010). The Jamaica Country Portfolio Study covered the full-range of GEF-financed interventions, including national projects and Jamaican elements of regional and global projects.