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Want to scale up? Change-proof your program! Lessons from the GEF (PART 2)

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By: Jeneen Reyes Garcia, Evaluation Officer, GEF Independent Evaluation Office
On: Friday, Sep 13, 2019

When we at the GEF IEO looked at how impact was scaled up in GEF-supported interventions, many of the interviewees used terms such as “magic moment”, “luck” or “perfect storm” when referring to how scaling-up happened “spontaneously” through serendipitous circumstances, even when the project itself had no concrete plans for scaling-up. On the other hand, we also know how seemingly successful programs can quickly fall apart under political and economic changes.

Want to scale up? Change-proof your program! Lessons from the GEF (PART 1)

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By: Jeneen Reyes Garcia, Evaluation Officer, GEF Independent Evaluation Office
On: Thursday, Sep 05, 2019

Change is the only constant, we all learn sooner or later. But what to do when political and economic changes threaten the success of your carefully-implemented program?

In 2018, we at the GEF IEO examined how impact is scaled up across different types of environmental interventions funded by the GEF. We looked at 20 cases in-depth, supported by evidence from an additional 40 cases, to assess which factors mattered the...

What is Safe Monitoring and Evaluation Practice in the 21st Century?

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By: Stephen Porter, Director: Learning, Effectivenesss and Accoutability Department, Oxfam
On: Tuesday, Feb 26, 2019

Monitoring and evaluation practice can do harm. It can harm:

the environment by prioritizing economic gain over species that have no voice
people who are invisible to us when we are in a position of power
by asking for information that can then be misused.

The GEF and Cleantech: Evaluating Efforts to Build an Innovation Ecosystem

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By: Baljit Wadhwa, Senior Evaluation Officer, GEF Independent Evaluation Office (GEF IEO)
On: Friday, Jan 18, 2019

Global factors such as technological advances, lowered costs, available capital, consumer demand and climate change have been encouraging the development and deployment of clean technologies as part of low-carbon economic growth. To accelerate progress in this area, emerging market countries need to look at conditions to best support solution providers.

Recent FAO evaluation highlights the role of GEF in programmes addressing integrated natural resource management for sustainable food and agriculture systems

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By: Serdar Bayryyev, Senior Evaluation Officer, FAO Office of Evaluation (OED)
On: Monday, Jan 07, 2019

In November 2018, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has released an evaluation of its contributions to integrated natural resource management for sustainable agriculture.

The evaluation was global in scope and examined FAO’s efforts in promoting integrated approaches for making agriculture, forestry and fisheries more productive and sustainable. The evaluation underscored that the Sustainable Food and Agriculture (SFA) principles, developed by FAO, have been instrumental in integrating key concepts of agricultural sustainability into FAO technical and...

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