Evaluation of Programmatic Approaches in the GEF 2017

The main purpose of the programmatic approaches evaluation was to assess whether and how GEF support delivered under the programmatic approaches modality has produced the expected results in terms of global environmental benefits while addressing the main drivers of global environmental change. This purpose derives from the IEO Work Programme (GEF/ME/C.48/01), which in turn has been designed to provide evaluative evidence pertaining to the major strategies approved in the Sixth Replenishment of the GEF Trust Fund and reflected in the GEF-6 Programming Directions. By comparing GEF programs to stand-alone projects, the evaluation assessed the results and performance of GEF support delivered through the programmatic approaches modality, providing a wide array of rigorous evaluative evidence on the past GEF experience in designing and implementing programs. The evaluation findings contribute to the further development of GEF programs in the context of the GEF's strategic move towards multi focal and integrated solutions to environmental problems proposed in the GEF 2020 Strategy as well as in GEF-7.