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Blog Posts

Blog Posts

We collect knowledge-rich blogs from evaluators and persons both within and without our community. These blogs offer writers the opportunity to narrate in less formal writing styles their personal evaluation experiences, capture evaluation findings in easy-to-understand ways while engaging the community with other relevant knowledge.

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20 Years of Impact: IEO's Journey of Environmental Accountability and Innovation

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In the realm of environmental evaluation, 20 years is a significant milestone. It marks not just the passage of time but a journey filled with lessons, successes, and innovations. In this post, we celebrate the remarkable story of the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO), an institution that has played a pivotal role in enhancing the world's environmental accountability, learning, and action.

How to Get People to Change for the Planet

Jeneen Reyes Garcia
GEF Independent Evaluation Office (GEF IEO)
Evaluation Officer
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Installing solar panels, biking to work, switching to sustainable agriculture, buying clothes second-hand instead of new -- what do all these have in common? For one, these are all measures that could help save money and mitigate climate change.

Using geospatial tools to assess relevance of GEF integrated programs

Carlo Carugi
GEF Independent Evaluation Office (GEF IEO)
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By Carlo Carugi, Senior Evaluation Officer, Global Environment Facility Independent Evaluation Office

Not all MSMEs are created equal – lessons from a recent evaluation

Jeneen Reyes Garcia
GEF Independent Evaluation Office (GEF IEO)
Evaluation Officer
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In the 2021 Evaluation of GEF Engagement with Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), we put a spotlight on how the GEF has worked with MSMEs in the last 30 years. We looked at a portfolio of 158 completed projects where MSMEs could clearly be identified as being part of project activities. We also used two case studies to look in-depth at what has actually helped MSMEs adopt more environmentally sustainable practices and technologies, and what has not.

A gold mine of information: lessons from early GEF efforts to reduce mercury in artisanal and small-scale gold mining

Gabriel Sidman
GEF Independent Evaluation Office (GEF IEO)
Evaluation Officer
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It was the early 2010s: excitement was growing for the idea of a new international convention to combat mercury emissions. The Global Environment Facility (GEF), a critical source of funding for many international conventions, was considering how to prepare the new convention’s eventual creation. The stakes were high—GEF needed to show that it was a capable financial mechanism for the future convention even though up until then, its chemicals programs were designed to tackle entirely different substances regulated by the Stockholm Convention.

Incorporating environmental considerations into UNEG Member Agency Evaluations

David Todd
ideds
Director
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My recent work as consultant to the UNEG Working Group on Integrating Environmental and Social Impact into Evaluations (ESI) has shown that UNEG member evaluation offices face challenges in adequately evaluating interventions that are not primarily focused on

Evaluation of COVID-19 Impacts: Insights for near real-time monitoring

Madeleine Mckinnon
Neeraj Negi
GEF Independent Evaluation Office (GEF IEO)
Senior Evaluation Officer
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When COVID-19 was discovered in Malaysia, it affected a GEF project supporting reduction in greenhouse emissions across building infrastructure in the health and hospitality sectors (UNIDO GEF ID:4878).

Evaluating Environment in International Development: New Open Access Edition

Juha I. Uitto
GEF Independent Evaluation Office (GEF IEO)
Director
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We live in a rapidly changing world although we don’t always notice it as our lives unfold in the midst of these changes. Only when you think back, even only a few years, to a specific time and you compare how life was then, do you notice how different it is now.

Strengthening the Value of Evaluation in Energy Programs and Policies

Edward Vine
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Affiliate
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Energy efficiency has the capability to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Provisions to tap this resource must be central to climate policy to get the needed reductions, and to get them as quickly and cheaply as possible.

Averting a 'train wreck' - Taking stock of environmental consequences of development interventions

Suppiramaniam Nanthikesan
IFAD
Lead Evaluation Officer
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Summary: IFAD was one of the pioneers in the UN system to recognize the need to evaluate the intended and unintended environmental consequences of development interventions.