The Seventh Comprehensive Evaluation of the GEF (OPS7) provides solid evaluative evidence to inform the negotations for eighth replenishment of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) will take place in an international context that is very difficult to predict and navigate. The global environment continues on a downward trend, and more than a decade after the financial crisis of 2008.

NOTE: this is an ongoing evaluation, report to be uploaded after council presentation (Spring 2020).




The Sixth Comprehensive Evaluation of the GEF (OPS6) provides solid evaluative evidence to inform the negotations for the seventh replenishment of the GEF. The objective of OPS6 is to evaluate the extent to which the GEF is achieving the objectives set out in GEF-6 (2014-18), and to identify potential improvements going into GEF-7. OPS6 also assesses the relevance of the GEF in today's changing landscape for environmental finance.




OPS5 is a comprehensive evaluation that assesses the performance, institutional effectiveness, and impact of the GEF. Overall performance studies are undertaken to inform the next replenishment cycle of the GEF and to identify potential improvements.




The Fourth Overall Performance Study (OPS4) was, for the first time in the study series’ history, undertaken by a GEF entity itself: the GEF Evaluation Office. This authorship stems from the recognition that the Office — which became independent in 2004 and from that point reported directly to the GEF Council — could provide a perspective independent from that of the Secretariat, the GEF Agencies, GEF donors and recipients, and other GEF partners and stakeholders.




The team for the Third Overall Performance Study of the GEF (OPS3), which took place between September 2004 and June 2005, was charged with evaluating the results of GEF activities, sustainability of results at the country level, GEF as a catalytic institution, GEF policies, institutional structure and partnerships, and GEF implementation processes.




The Second Overall Performance Study (OPS2) is de- signed to assess the extent to which GEF has achieved, or is on its way to achieving, its main objectives as specified during the restructuring in 1994, and the policies adopted by the GEF Council in subsequent years.




This report presents the findings and recommendations of the Study of the Overall Performance of the Global Environment Facility, which was requested by the GEF Council at its October 1996 meeting. The study focused on a set of issues related to institutions, procedures, policies and programming of the GEF.




At their meeting in Abidjan on December 3-5, 1992, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) participants requested an independent evaluation of the GEF pilot phase to be completed in time for their meeting in December 1993.