This study seeks to provide insights and lessons on the Global Environment Facility (GEF) adaptation portfolio for the GEF-7 replenishment cycle. It assesses the Special Climate Change Fund’s (SCCF’s) efficacy, results, successes, and shortcomings through a thorough evaluation of the portfolio.
This study is the first comprehensive study of the Chemicals and Waste (CW) focal area undertaken by the Global Environment Facility’s (GEF) Independent Evaluation Office (IEO), encompassing the GEF’s grant funding for activities focused on persistent organic pollutants (POPs), ozone depleting substances (ODS), mercury, and sound chemical management more generally. The GEF serves as the Financial Mechanism for the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants and for the Minamata Convention on Mercury.
The Sixth Comprehensive Evaluation of the GEF (OPS6) (GEF/ME/C.50/07) aims to report on the progress towards achieving gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment. The overarching OPS6 evaluative question is “to what extent have gender issues and evaluation of its effectiveness been mainstreamed into GEF’s work since the development of its gender policy?” The objectives of the OPS6 Sub-study on Gender Mainstreaming in the GEF are to:
This evaluation will be framed according to the OECD/DAC guiding criteria for evaluation: Relevance, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Results/Impact and Sustainability. Reflecting expectations that supported initiatives and interventions do not harm the environment or people, this evaluation will address both policy alignment and operational procedures related to the GEF Minimum Standards, and strive to answer the following key questions:
The main purpose of the evaluation is to assess whether and how GEF support delivered under the programmatic approaches modality has delivered the expected results in terms of global environmental benefits while addressing the main drivers of global environmental change.
More than 10 years since the last climate change focal area study, the GEF IEO is looking at the relevance, results, and performance of GEF climate change support.
The purpose of this study is to provide insights and lessons for GEF-7 based on evidence from an analysis of the climate change portfolio, terminal evaluations of completed projects, mapping of convention guidance to the GEF-6 strategy and programming, interviews with stakeholders, and case studies.
Multiple benefits generated through GEF support consist of two types: the global environmental benefits (GEBs) that contribute towards achieving the strategic priorities of multiple focal areas, and the local environmental and socioeconomic benefits that indirectly generate and sustain the GEBs. One way that GEF has sought to create multiple benefits in a more integrated manner is through multi-focal area (MFA) projects. These projects are funded through allocations from different global environmental conventions and/ or trust funds, and track indicators specific to each focal area.
As part of its work program for the sixth replenishment phase of the GEF (GEF-6), and feeding into the Sixth Comprehensive Evaluation of the GEF (OPS6), the IEO has been tasked to review the GEF Integrated Approach Pilot (IAP) Program being implemented in GEF-6, and developed building on the GEF past experience in designing and implementing programmatic approaches. This program is composed of three pilots:
The main objective of the evaluation is to:
- Identify lessons and good practices of GEF’s engagement with Indigenous Peoples at the policy/program/project level and identify key issues for improvement.
The evaluation will be guided by the following key questions:
Review of the Sustainability and Resilience for Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa Integrated Approach Pilot (IAP)
As part of its work program for GEF-6, IEO has been tasked to review the GEF IAP Program being implemented in GEF-6, developed building on the GEF past experience in designing and implementing programmatic approaches.This program is composed of three pilots: