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The Comprehensive Evaluation of the GEF is gathering steam

The Sixth Comprehensive Evaluation of the GEF (OPS6) is well on its way and the IEO will present the findings at the GEF replenishment meetings in March, May, and September 2017. The October 2016 Semi-Annual Evaluation Report (PDF) and our recent presentation (PDF) to the Council share evaluation highlights and emerging findings. More about OPS6.

FINDINGS

Significant outcomes, but limited fresh water portfolio growth

The International Waters Focal Area Study concluded that the focal area remains relevant to contemporary challenges and has achieved significant outcomes in many water bodies. However, in recent years the growth of the fisheries and marine portfolio has occurred at the detriment of other pressing concerns especially in fresh water systems. Read more

A novel evaluation approach finds an interesting surprise

The study on Value for Money Analysis for GEF Land Degradation Projects used geospatial science, econometrics, and ecology to quantify the amount of carbon sequestered in GEF land degradation projects and estimated that these projects contributed on average $7.5 million (2014) to sequestration alone – well above the average cost of most land degradation projects ($4.2 million).​ Read more

THE EVALUATOR'S PERSPECTIVE

Evaluating Climate Change Action for Sustainable Development

Juha I. Uitto,  Jyotsna Puri,  Rob D. van den Berg, (Eds.) 

The book presents the progressing state of the art in evaluating climate change strategies and action and includes perspectives from independent evaluations of major international organizations supporting climate action in developing countries. The book, including an open-source e-book, will  become available from Springer in January 2017.

Evaluating Carbon Sequestration

By Geeta Batra and Juha Uitto in Climate Finance

The article discusses how reforestation and land degradation projects call for a new multidisciplinary analytical approach to quantify their success. The integrated approach to evaluation and research provides a promising avenue towards better measurement of climate benefits from reduced land degradation and deforestation. Read more (PDF)

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

NOVEMBER 8

UNEG webinar: Comprehensive Evaluation of the GEF
Online
By Juha I. Uitto

What are the topics, approaches, and methods of the Sixth Comprehensive Evaluation of the GEF?

NOVEMBER 8

IEO Webinar: GEF Civil Society Organizations Network Evaluation
Online
By Baljit Wadhwa

To what extent has the CSO Network met its strategic objectives? What features lead to stronger networks? Watch in English and Spanish

OTHER EVENTS

NOVEMBER 1

World Bank Group Geospatial Day
Washington, DC, USA
Six cases studies featuring geospatial data and big data analytics from IEO evaluations on biodiversity, international waters, and land degradation
 

NOVEMBER 7-18

UN Climate Change Conference (COP22)
Marrakesh, Morocco
The Evaluation of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) influences the COP22 guidance to the GEF

NOVEMBER 8

UNEG webinar: Communications and Evaluations Use 
Online
How can evaluators improve communications to increase evaluation use?

UNEG webinar: Comprehensive Evaluation of the GEF: Topics, Approaches and Methodological Innovations
Online
What are the topics, approaches, and methods of the Sixth Comprehensive Evaluation of the GEF?

DECEMBER 12-14

Tracking Development Progress & Evaluating Development Partnerships in the Post 2015
Wilton Park, UK
What structures of evaluation governance are best suited to favor democracy, transparency, independence, organizational and social learning?

THE DIRECTOR'S CUT

OPS6: Quantity and quality


Juha I. Uitto, Director of the Independent Evaluation Office of the GEF

It has been a busy and productive year and I want to thank you for your continuous support and contributions to the work of the IEO through consultations, interviews, surveys, and Expanded Constituency Workshops.

We have launched the Sixth Comprehensive Evaluation of the GEF and a number of sub-studies that will jointly inform the seventh replenishment of the GEF. The Comprehensive Evaluation will look at the issues of relevance and global contribution of the GEF in the changing landscape of environmental finance, as well as the performance and impact of the GEF programs.

I am excited that the quality of the Comprehensive Evaluation and the component sub-studies will be assured by the Independent Advisory Panel that has been established and started working this year. The panel consists of five independent experts, widely recognized in the fields of environment, development, and evaluation: Holly Dublin, Sunita Narain, Hans BruyninckxOsvaldo Feinstein, and Kazuhiko Takemoto.  These advisors are providing quality assurance through all stages of the OPS6 evaluation process, including the conceptualization of the evaluation, the interpretation of findings, and framing of recommendations. At the end of the process, the Panel will provide an independent opinion on the quality of OPS6.   

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!
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