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Process Evaluation - Joint evaluation of the GEF Activity Cycle and Modalities

Joint evaluation of the GEF Activity Cycle and Modalities


In June 2005, the GEF Council welcomed the proposed evaluation to assess the efficiency of the GEF activity cycle and modalities, and underscored that efforts to improve the cycle had so far not succeeded: “the project cycle elapsed times are still too long.” The evaluation was approved as a special initiative of the GEF Evaluation Office: to analyze the strengths and weaknesses in the GEF Activity Cycle and related delivery modalities, and uncover the underlying causes of inefficiencies. The...

CPE: Samoa (1992 – 2007)

Country Portfolio Evaluation Report

Samoa has been receiving GEF funds since the GEF’s pilot phase.  It was selected for country portfolio evaluation because it represents two groups of countries that are highly relevant to the GEF; small island developing states (SIDS) of the Pacific, and least developed countries (LDCs).  Also, it has a diverse portfolio and well-established environmental sector. The main findings and recommendations of this evaluation were presented to the GEF Council in June 2007.



CPE: Philippines (1992 - 2007)

Country Portfolio Evaluation Report

The Philippines is one of the largest recipients of GEF support, with allocations in both climate change and biodiversity, and a well-established GEF Small Grants Programme. The environment sector is an essential part of the country's sustainable development agenda.



  • GEF support has been relevant to both national development plans and priorities and the GEF mandate. The support has produced global environmental benefits...
CPE: Costa Rica (1992 - 2006)

Country Portfolio Evaluation Report
Costa Rica

Costa Rica was the site of the pilot CPE. The country was selected because of its broad GEF portfolio, the types of GEF support, the engagement of implementing and executing agencies and the country's long experience with environmental issues. The success of this pilot evaluation convinced the GEF to continue conducting CPEs in other countries.



  • GEF support is relevant to the national environmental agenda.
  • GEF...
Cross Sectoral Evaluation - Evaluation of GEF Capacity Development Activities

Evaluation of GEF Capacity Development Activities


Capacity development is a major priority within the global environmental conventions. This evaluation assessed the capacity activities and modalities supported by the GEF.


Related Documents:
Annual Performance Report 2007
Literature Review of Capacity Development
Capacity Development Country Case Study:...

APR 2005

Annual Performance Report 2005

The GEF Second Annual Performance Report (APR) 2005, presented and prepared by the GEF Evaluation Office, focuses on completed projects for which terminal evaluations were submitted during fiscal year 2005. The full report provides an assessment of project outcomes, project sustainability, project completion delays, and the quality of monitoring in completed projects. The report refers to terminal evaluations from 41 projects submitted in FY2005, accounting for $260 million in GEF funding.  For the assessment of materialization of...

GEF Monitoring and Evaluation Policy 2006

The GEF Council approved the revised M&E Policy in November 2006.

Focal Areas Evaluation - Biodiversity Indicators for Monitoring Program Implementation and Impact

Biodiversity Indicators for Monitoring Program Implementation and Impact


This report on “Biodiversity Indicators for Monitoring GEF Programme Implementation and Impacts” was prepared for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) by staff of the World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC). The work was commissioned by the GEF Monitoring and Evaluation Team. Direction to the drafting of the report was given by a GEF Steering Group, consisting of representatives of the GEF Secretariat, UNDP, UNEP and the World Bank.


This report presents a...

Focal Areas Evaluation - GEF Support to Biosafety 2006

GEF Support to Biosafety 2006


At its November 2004 meeting the GEF Council requested the GEF Evaluation Office to initiate an evaluation of the biosafety activities financed under the GEF’s Initial Strategy. This report presents the results of this evaluation.


The evaluation contains many valuable findings that will allow the GEF to improve and adapt its support. For example, it was found that countries that already had considerable experience with biosafety issues were better able to utilize the support.


Cross Sectoral Evaluation - The Role of Local Benefits in Global Environmental Programs 2006

Evaluation of The Role of Local Benefits in Global Environmental Programs 2006


This study analyzes the relationship between local benefits and global environment benefits in the GEF covering 132 GEF projects, including 18 field case studies.


The study found that the role of local benefits in supporting the environmental objectives of GEF activities raises a broad and potentially conflicting range of viewpoints, which influence the approaches applied to project design and implementation. On the basis of the substantial body of...