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Enhancing Impact Through Learning: Lessons from the Global Environment Facility's Evaluation of Setbacks

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co-author Michael Woolcock

In the world of environmental conservation and sustainability, navigating challenges is an everyday reality. Yet the way organizations approach these hurdles can significantly impact their ability to innovate, adapt, and ultimately bring about positive change. While institutions often prioritize showcasing their successes, there are valuable lessons to be learned from understanding setbacks. In this sense, a recent evaluation conducted by the Global…

Evaluating Projects and Programs in Fragile, Conflict-Affected, and Violent Contexts

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  • Ella Stack, Research Associate, Environmental Law Institute
  • Amanda Woomer, Senior Consultant on Nature & Environment, Oxford Policy Management
  • Carl Bruch, Senior Attorney; Director, International Programs
  • Shaadee Ahmadnia, Environmental Specialist Consultant…

How Can Science Inform Evaluation?

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co-author Katy O’Grady

The current environmental situation “requires us to apply transformational thinking to preserve the life support system of our planet,” said Rosina Bierbaum, plenary speaker and moderator of the conference’s session on how science can inform evaluation. Affiliated with of the University of Michigan and University of Maryland, she is chair of the GEF Science and Technology Advisory Panel. Joining Rosina were Gregory Nemet, professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, La Follette School of Public Affairs; Nik Sekhran, chief conservation officer…

Integrating Environmental and Socioeconomic Domains for Sustainability

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The world is facing a triple environmental crisis of climate change, biodiversity and ecosystem loss, and pollution. Inequality between and within countries is on the rise. While many formerly developing countries now have moved to the middle-income category, many others have fallen into fragility and vulnerability. Tensions and wars proliferate: the number of armed conflicts around the world is now at their highest level in three decades. The current refugee crisis is a hot political issue all over the world.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognize the equal importance…

There’s life in the desert

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Often neglected by donors and recipient countries alike as considered unproductive lands, drylands cover a significant portion (40 percent) of the Earth land surface and are home to over two billion people, many of whom are among the world poorest and most vulnerable populations. These regions face a myriad of environmental challenges, including water scarcity, land degradation, desertification, and climate variability, to name a few. Yet, the picture is not all negative. Research in India and China has shown that drylands can give higher returns on investment than many so-called high-…