Celebrating Two Decades of Influence
Commemorating 20 Years of Excellence, Accountability, and Innovation by the GEF Independent Evaluation Office" marks the remarkable 20-year journey of the IEO, which was established in 2003 with the mission to provide independent evaluations of Global Environment Facility (GEF) programs and projects. From its early days to its current stature, the office has played a pivotal role in promoting accountability, guiding GEF's alignment with global environmental priorities, and ensuring rigorous evaluations in adherence to international standards. Noteworthy milestones, such as the integration of geospatial technology and country cluster evaluations, underscore the office's evolution. Its contributions to policy-making, independence, emphasis on vulnerable contexts, and integration of cross-cutting themes like indigenous engagement and gender considerations are highlighted. The Management Action Record (MAR) outlines the office's commitment to transparency and improvement, while partnerships with various stakeholders amplify its effectiveness in driving sustainable development on a global scale.