The GEF in the Changing Environmental Finance Landscape (OPS6)

The overall purpose of the Sixth Comprehensive Evaluation of the GEF (also known as OPS6) is to provide solid evaluative evidence to inform the negotiations for the seventh replenishment of the GEF. Following the objectives of the previous overall performance studies, the objective is to assess the extent to which the GEF is achieving its objectives as laid down in the GEF Instrument and reviews by the Assembly, as developed and adopted by the GEF Council in operational policies and programs for GEF financed activities, and to identify potential improvements going forward. In addition, this evaluation will also assess the relevance of the GEF objectives in this changing external landscape.

The audience for the Sixth Comprehensive Evaluation comprises replenishment participants, the GEF Council, the GEF Assembly, members of the GEF and external stakeholders. Relevant findings will be presented to stakeholders and parties in the GEF, including the GEF Secretariat, GEF Agencies, STAP, the GEF CSO network, and project proponents ranging from different Civil Society groups that includes private and public sector entities as well as the academic community, through existing channels such as the Expanded Constituency Workshops and GEF CSO network meetings. In addition the evaluation will be distributed to the MEA secretariats and their conferences of the parties.

The Independent Evaluation Offices' four-year work program and budget which presents the strategy, programming and other work for the GEF6 period was discussed and approved by the GEF Council in June 2015. The work program was designed to provide evaluative evidence on the major strategies approved in the Sixth Replenishment of the GEF. As such, all evaluations that address trends in performance, achievements, results and impacts have been approved in the work program and will feed into the comprehensive evaluation; additional studies that address specific questions and issues relevant for the replenishment process will be carried out over the next fiscal year and are presented here for discussion and Council approval.

Five external quality assurance advisors from the developed, the newly emerging group of (BRICs) countries, and the developing nations have been appointed. The external review panel comprises of the following experts: Dr. Holly Dublin, Dr. Sunita Narain, Dr. Hans Bruyninckx, Prof. Osvaldo Feinstein, and Dr. Kazuhiko Takemoto

These recognized international development professionals in the fields of environment, development and evaluation would provide quality assurance through all stages of preparing the comprehensive evaluation. They will provide guidance throughout the evaluation process - including the conceptualization of the evaluation, the interpretation of findings and the framing of recommendations. Another key component of the quality assurance process is the review for individual evaluations and sub-studies. Reference groups and peer reviewers will provide quality feedback and inputs into the independent evaluations.

Evaluation Learnings

Land Degradation Focal Area (LDFA) Study 2017

Land Degradation 2017 Brief
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Evaluation Learnings:
English1.79 MB

Chemicals and Waste (CW) Focal Area Study 2017

CW Study 2017 Brief
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Evaluation Learnings:
English1.4 MB

Sixth Comprehensive Evaluation of the GEF: Update and Synthesis

OPS6 Report Brief
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Evaluation Learnings:
English1.24 MB

Evaluation of the Expansion of the GEF Partnership

Expansion Partnership 2016 Brief
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Evaluation Learnings:
English3.36 MB

Sixth Comprehensive Evaluation of the GEF: Update and Synthesis

OPS6 Report Brief
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Evaluation Learnings:
English1.24 MB

Review of the Comparative Advantage, Financing, and Governance of the GEF Partnership

GEF Partnership Governance 2017 Brief
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Evaluation Learnings:
English632.76 KB

Evaluation of the GEF'S System for Transparent Allocation of Resources (STAR) 2017

STAR 2017 Brief
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Evaluation Learnings:
English2.24 MB

Climate Change (CC) Focal Area Study 2017

Climate Change 2017 Brief
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Evaluation Learnings:
English1.22 MB

Measuring Environmental Outcomes Using Remote Sensing and Geospatial Methods

Remote Sensing 2017 Brief
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Evaluation Learnings:
English3.11 MB

Impact Evaluation of GEF Support to Protected Areas and Protected Area Systems (PAS)

Impact PA Support 2016 Brief
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Evaluation Learnings:
English3.17 MB

Evaluation of GEF Support to Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) and the Nagoya Protocol 2017

ABS Nagoya Protocol 2017 Brief
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English1.8 MB

Impact of GEF Support on National Environmental Laws and Policies in Selected Countries 2017

Regulatory Reform 2017 Brief
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English504.96 KB

A Value for Money Analysis of GEF Interventions in Land Degradation and Biodiversity

VfM 2016 Land Degradation Brief
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Evaluation Learnings:
English1.14 MB

Project-Level Accomplishments (APR 2016)

APR 2016 Brief
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English976.1 KB

Evaluation of the Multiple Benefits of GEF Support through Its Multifocal Area Portfolio (MFA)

Multiple Benefits 2016 Brief
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English1.24 MB

GEF Engagement with the Private Sector

Private Sector 2017 Brief
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English615.01 KB

Review of the GEF Approach to Results-Based Management (RBM) 2017

RBM Study 2017 Brief
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Evaluation Learnings:
English658.98 KB

Evaluation of GEF Support to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT)

Illegal Wild Life Trade 2017 Brief
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English2.63 MB

Evaluation of Knowledge Management (KM) in the GEF 2017

KM Study 2017 Brief
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Evaluation Learnings:
English592.7 KB

Review of the GEF Policy on Agency Minimum Standards on Environmental and Social Safeguards

Safeguards Brief
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English1.56 MB

Evaluation of GEF Support for Transformational Change

Transformational Change Brief
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English365.25 KB

Formative Review of the Integrated Approach Pilot (IAP) Programs

IAPs 2017 Brief
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English1.51 MB

Evaluation of GEF Engagement with Indigenous Peoples (IPs)

Indigenous Peoples 2017 Brief
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Evaluation Learnings:
English1.62 MB

Joint GEF-UNDP Evaluation of the Small Grants Programme (SGP) 2015

SGP 2015 Brief
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Evaluation Learnings:
English2.56 MB

Evaluation of Programmatic Approaches in the GEF

Programmatic Approaches 2016 Brief
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Evaluation Learnings:
English1.77 MB

The GEF Nongrant Instrument

Nongrant Instrument 2017 Brief
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English1.09 MB

Evaluation of Gender Mainstreaming in the GEF

Gender Study 2017 Brief
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Evaluation Learnings:
English931.02 KB

Program Evaluation of the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) 2017

SCCF 2017 Brief
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Evaluation Learnings:
English696.48 KB

Program Evaluation of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) 2016

LDCF 2016 Brief
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Evaluation Learnings:
English1.24 MB

International Waters (IW) Focal Area Study 2016

IW Study 2016 Brief
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Evaluation Learnings:
English1.22 MB

Evaluation of the GEF-Civil Society Organization (CSO) Network 2016

CSO Network 2016 Brief
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English362.88 KB

Supporting Documents

Presentation

  • OPS6 Report Presentation for EGEB 2018 ( ): English4.84 MB
  • Semi-Annual Evaluation Report (SAER) ( ): English4.78 MB
  • IEPPEC 2017 ( ): English1.27 MB
  • GEF-7 2nd Replenishment Meeting ( ): English6.05 MB, French6.09 MB
  • Semi-Annual Evaluation Report (SAER) ( ): English6.61 MB
  • GEF-7 1st Replenishment Meeting ( ): English4.19 MB
  • Semi-Annual Evaluation Report (SAER) ( ): English9.51 MB
  • Semi-Annual Evaluation Report (SAER) ( ): English1.66 MB
  • OPS6 Report Presentation for GEF Council Meeting 50 ( ): English913.11 KB

Infographics

  • OPS6 Report Infographics ( ): English1.42 MB

Approach Paper

  • OPS6 Report Approach Paper for GEF Council Meeting 50 ( ): English633.83 KB

Evaluation Reports

GEF Project Performance and Progress to Impact (APR 2016)

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Evaluation Report:
English3.9 MB

Value for Money (VfM) 2016 - Analysis for GEF Land Degradation Projects

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Evaluation Report:
English5.54 MB

Evaluation of the Multiple Benefits of GEF's Support through its Multifocal Area Portfolio (MFA)

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Evaluation Report:
Volume 13.54 MB, Volume 25.49 MB

Biodiversity (BD) Focal Area Study 2017

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Evaluation Report:
English4.26 MB

Climate Change (CC) Focal Area Study 2017

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Evaluation Report:
English5.14 MB

Impact of GEF Support on National Environmental Laws and Policies in Selected Countries 2017

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Evaluation Report:
English1.38 MB

Land Degradation Focal Area (LDFA) Study 2017

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Evaluation Report:
English5.25 MB

Comparative Advantage, Adequacy of Funding / Financing, Health of the Expanded GEF Partnership and Governance Structure 2017

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Evaluation Report:
English1.85 MB

Chemicals and Waste (CW) Focal Area Study 2017

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Evaluation Report:
English4.66 MB

Evaluation of the GEF-UNIDO Global Cleantech Innovation Programme 2018

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Evaluation Report:
English4.31 MB

International Waters (IW) Focal Area Study 2016

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Evaluation Report:
English3.9 MB

Evaluation of the Expansion of the GEF Partnership 2016

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Evaluation Report:
English5.7 MB

Review of the Integrated Approach Pilot (IAP) Programs 2017

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Evaluation Report:
English4.71 MB

Evaluation of the GEF' System for Transparent Allocation of Resources (STAR) 2017

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Evaluation Report:
English3.69 MB

Ecological Forecasting Using Geospatial Analysis: Example from Kenya

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English1.24 MB

Evaluation of GEF Engagement with Indigenous Peoples (IPs)

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Evaluation Report:
English2.04 MB

Evaluation of GEF Support for Transformational Change

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Evaluation Report:
English1.38 MB

Evaluation of Knowledge Management (KM) in the GEF 2017

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Evaluation Report:
English3.33 MB

Evaluation of Gender Mainstreaming in the GEF 2017

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Evaluation Report:
English3.47 MB

Program Evaluation of the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) 2017

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Evaluation Report:
English3.75 MB

Evaluation of Programmatic Approaches in the GEF 2017

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Review of the GEF Policy on Agency Minimum Standards on Environmental and Social Safeguards

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Evaluation Report:
English5.41 MB

Review of Results-Based Management (RBM) in the GEF 2017

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Evaluation Report:
English1.85 MB

Annual Performance Report (APR) 2015

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Evaluation Report:
English6.31 MB

Evaluation of GEF Engagement with the Private Sector 2017

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Evaluation Report:
English3.61 MB

Evaluation of the GEF-Civil Society Organization (CSO) Network 2016

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Evaluation Report:
Volume 16.8 MB, Volume 22.07 MB

Impact Evaluation of GEF Support to Protected Areas and Protected Area Systems (PAS)

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Evaluation Report:
English2.35 MB
Evaluation Summary:
English624.71 KB

Program Evaluation of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) 2016

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Joint GEF-UNDP Evaluation of the Small Grants Programme (SGP) 2015

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Evaluation Report:
English2.81 MB
Evaluation Summary:
English9.06 MB, French5.78 MB, Spanish8.98 MB

At Crossroads for Higher Impact (OPS5 Final Report)

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English1.4 MB, French1.35 MB, Spanish1.27 MB
Evaluation Summary:
Arabic278.56 KB, Chinese623.87 KB, English342.38 KB, French266.2 KB, Russian311.79 KB, Spanish255.6 KB

Cumulative Evidence on the Challenging Pathways to Impact (OPS5 1st Report)

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English7.23 MB

Progress Toward Impact (OPS4)

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Evaluation Report:
English3.36 MB
Evaluation Summary:
Arabic1.89 MB, Chinese3.14 MB, English2.5 MB, French2.51 MB, Russian2.91 MB, Spanish3.78 MB

Progressing Toward Environmental Results (OPS3)

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Evaluation Report:
English2.73 MB
Evaluation Summary:
English4.31 MB

The First Decade of the GEF (OPS2)

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Evaluation Report:
English1.36 MB

1st Overall Perfromance Study (OPS1)

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Evaluation Report:
English716.93 KB

Independent Evaluation of the Pilot Phase (OPS Pilot Phase)

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Evaluation Report:
English17.05 MB

Council Documents

GEF Council Meeting 50

  • GEF/ME/C.50/07: Sixth Comprehensive Evaluation of the GEF (OPS6) Approach Paper ( )
    Council Document:
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GEF Council Meeting 53

  • GEF/ME/C.53/Inf.01: Draft Final Report of the Sixth Comprehensive Evaluation of the GEF (OPS6) ( )
    Council Document:
    English4.68 MB