The objectives of the KM study are to assess the role of the GEF as a knowledge broker and provider, and the relevance and effectiveness of knowledge management and sharing across the GEF partnership. The overall purpose is to identify any eventual systemic issues that need to be addressed in planning for GEF-7.
Scope and Key Questions
Building on the conspicuous body of available evaluative evidence, the study will look at KM in the GEF in the period since the start of GEF-5 in 2009 to date. The following are the main questions the study will aim to answer:
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:
This analysis brings together economists, computer scientists and geographers with expertise in remote sensing and impact evaluation to apply a value for money (VFM) assessment to the case of GEF Land Degradation (LD) projects. Leveraging methodological approaches to causal identification that have not previously been applied to the study of Land Degradation, this report explicitly quantifies (1) the causally-identified impact attributable to GEF LD project locations using three indicators (capturing vegetation productivity, forest fragmentation, and forest cover change), and (2) the VFM resultant from these impacts of GEF LD projects in terms of carbon sequestration.
The independent Comprehensive Evaluations of the GEF, earlier known as Overall Performance Studies (OPS) of the GEF, are undertaken to inform the GEF Replenishment Group on the results and performance of the GEF Partnership and of the activities that the partnership supports, and on areas for further improvement. The Sixth Comprehensive Evaluation of the GEF (OPS-6) is being undertaken to inform the replenishment for GEF-7 period.
On request by the GEF Council at its 47th meeting in October 2014, the GEF IEO launched the evaluation of the GEF Civil Society Organization (CSO) Network. The evaluation reviewed the Network’s performance, relevance, effectiveness and results in promoting knowledge dissemination and CSO involvement in GEF policies and programs. The evaluation assessed network performance in the context of other forms by which the GEF engages with civil society.
The Impact Evaluation of the GEF Support to Protected Areas (PAs) and PA Systems was completed in October 2015. This joint impact evaluation was conducted by the Independent Evaluation Offices of the GEF and UNDP. From the GEF IEO perspective, this evaluation fits within an ongoing set of impact evaluations covering each of its focal areas, and provided an important set of findings for the GEF 5th Overall Performance Study (OPS5).
The review will draw on several sources for gathering information. Literature review will be an important source of information. The literature review will include recent evaluations undertaken by the GEF IEO such as the ‘Evaluation of the GEF Civil Society y Network of GEF’ and the ‘Joint GEF UNDP Evaluation of the Small Grants Programme,’ which have covered several aspects related to CSO participation in GEF activities. The review would also include Council Documents that have addressed participation of CSO s in GEF activities and other relevant documents.