All Evaluation Office Publications

CPE: Moldova (1994 - 2009)

Country Portfolio Evaluation Report

Moldova has been receiving funds from the GEF since 1994 via 14 national projects in the biodiversity, climate change, international waters and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) focal areas.  Moldova was seen as a good choice for evaluation due to its large and diverse portfolio and the fact it has received group allocations under the Resource Allocation Framework (RAF) and also participates in Black Sea and Danube River regional projects. Main findings and recommendations of the Moldova...

AIR 2009

Annual Impact Report 2009

The 2009 Annual Impact Report compiled by the Global Environment Facility Evaluation Office (GEFEO) presents information on the following studies: the impact evaluation of GEF assistance for the phaseout of ozone-depleting substances in economies in transition; a study of the effectiveness of a project design to permit experimental impact evaluation; and ongoing impact evaluation of biodiversity projects in Peru in collaboration with the Independent Evaluation group, World Bank. 


The report also contains an...

CPE: Turkey (1992 – 2009)

Country Portfolio Evaluation Report

Turkey has been a long-standing partner of the Global Environment Facility, having received financial support since 1992. The evaluation covered all national projects plus 2 national components of global projects, totaling $36.33 million. In addition, 11 regional projects focusing on the Black and Mediterranean Seas, and Turkey Small Grants Programme were reviewed.



  • GEF support has been relevant to Turkey’s sustainable development agenda and...
GEF Evaluation Office Ethical Guidelines
The GEF Evaluation Office Ethical Guidelines provide guidance to its staff and consultants on ethical behavior to ensure that evaluations are free of bias, transparent, and considerate of stakeholder rights and interests.
The ethical guidelines contain specific provisions to prevent conflict of interest on three levels: institutional, staff, and consultants hired to contribute to evaluations. The guidelines will be periodically revised in the light of experience and comments received from external...

Fourth Overall Performance Study of the GEF(OPS4)
Progress Toward Impact

Every four years, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) is replenished by its donors. Each replenishment process has been informed by independent overall performance studies of the GEF. These studies have developed into authoritative reviews of the state of the art and of available knowledge on the functioning and results of the GEF.

The Fourth Overall Performance Study (OPS4) was, for the first time in the study series’ history, undertaken by a GEF entity itself:...

CPE: Syria (1994 - 2008)

Country Portfolio Evaluation Report

Syria has been receiving GEF support since 1994 via regional and national projects, the majority of which are in biodiversity, alongside climate change, persistent organic pollutants (POPs), and 1 multifocal project.  This is in addition to the GEF corporate Small Grants programme.  There are no projects combating land degradation in the country.  Syria was deemed a good choice for evaluation because it is eligible for an individual climate change allocation under the Resource Allocation...

ACPER 2009

Annual Country Portfolio Evaluation Report 2009 (ACPER 2009)
Cameroon, Egypt, and Syria

The second Annual Country Portfolio Evaluation Report is the synthesis of three country portfolio evaluations focused on Cameroon, Egypt, and Syria produced by the GEF Evaluation Office. GEF support to these three counties began in 1992 for Cameroon and Egypt and in 1994 for Syria. This synthesis report focuses on three key areas:

  • The results and sustainability of GEF support, particularly at the global environmental benefits level;
  • The...
AIR 2008

Annual Impact Report 2008

The second annual impact report presents information on topics including an overview of the Global Environment Facility’s (GEF) impact evaluation work in 2008 including the mixed-method approach which was pursued in line with the conclusions of the 2007 Annual Impact Report.  This includes two new case studies completed in 2008 in Thailand and Costa Rica which provide insights on the impacts of protected areas.  Findings included that districts surrounding Costa Rica and Thailand experienced less poverty than counterfactual...

Program Evaluation - Joint Evaluation of the LDCF

Joint Evaluation of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF)

The purpose of the joint evaluation of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) was to assess the results and lessons learned from the operations of the LDCF (including countries, agencies, donors, and Secretariat) in financing and promoting adaptation in Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The evaluation team consisted of staff from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the Danish consulting firm COWI, and the management team was drawn from the GEFEO and the Evaluation...

AIR 2007

Annual Impact Report 2007

The first annual impact report includes an explanation of two parallel evaluation approaches developed and tested by the Global Environment Facility’s Evaluation Office (GEFEO): i) a theory-based approach to link outcomes to impact in three protected area projects in Bwindi-Mgahinga, Lewa, and at cross-border sites in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda; and ii) a statistical analysis of existing time-series data on deforestation and protected areas in Costa Rica.


The AIR presents a number of conclusions, including that there are recorded...