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There is No One Solution to Climate Safe Future

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By: Juha I. Uitto, Director, GEF Independent Evaluation Office (GEF IEO)
On: Tuesday, Nov 02, 2021

COP26 is about to start in Scotland and thousands of government and civil society representatives, international organization and private sector types, scientists, journalists, and hangers-on are descending upon the city of Glasgow while the pandemic is still ongoing. In fact, the accommodations in town and its surroundings are already so overbooked that many participants have to stay in Edinburgh, some 40 minutes’ train ride away.

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

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By: Madeleine McKinnon, Consultant, GEF IEO
On: Monday, Jul 19, 2021

Blog co-author: Neeraj Negi, Senior Evaluator Officer, GEF IEO

Evaluating Environment in International Development: New Open Access Edition

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By: Juha I. Uitto, Director, GEF Independent Evaluation Office (GEF IEO)
On: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

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. I had this epiphany when I worked on the new revised edition of Evaluating Environment in International Development. The book was originally published in 2014—only seven years ago—so I was somewhat surprised and distinctly pleased when the publisher approached me for an update. At the time of its...

Strengthening the Value of Evaluation in Energy Programs and Policies

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By: Edward Vine, Affiliate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
On: Tuesday, Mar 16, 2021

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. Sustainability is also a central concern arising due to the crisis of climate change. As a result, increasing attention has been focused on the challenges faced in evaluating sustainability. Furthermore, sustainable development is more likely to be effectively achieved by building sustainable organizational evaluation systems.

Averting a ‘train wreck’ – Taking stock of environmental consequences of development interventions

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By: Suppiramaniam Nanthikesan, Lead Evaluation Officer, IFAD
On: Thursday, Feb 11, 2021

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. This blog piece analyses the key elements of the system developed in IFAD to sustain this effort, and to keep it going strong for the past decade. Among these, the piece highlights that the evaluation of environmental consequences of development interventions is relevant and useful to the extent that organizations are committed to mainstreaming such analysis in their programmes.