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 Sustainable Cities Integrated Approach Pilot Program
- the Sustainability and Resilience for Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa Integrated Approach Pilot Program
- the Taking Deforestation out of Commodity Supply Chains Integrated Approach Pilot Program
These three pilots were built on existing linkages and connections across focal areas, and have in common that they are designed with the objective to address global environmental issues more holistically, within a much broader and more complex set of development challenges: “This integrated approach would be crosscutting, synergistic, and cost-effective, and directed at some of the underlying drivers of environmental degradation globally and within priority regions. The integrated approach pilots would complement GEF focal areas strategies in the up-coming GEF-6 portfolio, and seek to further encourage early adoption and scaling up of projects and programs that overcome focal area silos and build on the necessary linkages that help achieve sustainable development goals. This systemic, sectoral and crosscutting framework will also include renewed emphasis on private sector, gender equality and women’s empowerment”.
This Approach Paper refers to the formative process review of the Cities IAP program. Given that many of the “child projects” under the Cities IAP program have yet to commence implementation by the GEF agencies at the time of writing, this review has adopted a formative approach and will focus on process and design aspects at the start-up of the pilot, its uptake by key stakeholders in the target countries and the process through which it is being launched.