Third Professional Peer Review of the Independent Evaluation Function of the Global Environment Facility 2019

2020 GEF Professional Peer Review April.pdf (1280 KB / English)

GEF peer-review-2019-annexes.pdf (960 KB / English)


Executive Summary
1. The evaluation function in the Global Environment Facility (GEF) helps the GEF to become more effective in its pursuit of Global Environmental Benefits (GEBs) and has two overarching objectives:
a. Promote accountability for the achievement of GEF objectives through the assessment of results, effectiveness, processes and performance of the GEF Secretariat and GEF partners involved in GEF- financed activities;

b. Promote learning, feedback and knowledge sharing on results and lessons learned from evaluations of GEF-financed activities as a basis for decision making on projects, programs, program management, policies, and strategies; and to improve performance.

2. The peer review of an evaluation function is a mechanism developed by the professional networks of the evaluation functions of the UN and Multilateral Development Banks that intends to identify good practices and opportunities to further strengthen the evaluation function. In 2009 and in 2014, two peer reviews of the GEF evaluation function were carried out and presented to the GEF Council, as independent contributions to the overall assessment of the GEF. Their recommendations and suggestions were discussed and acted upon as deemed appropriate.
3. In December 2018, the GEF Council endorsed IEO’s proposal that a third Professional Peer Review (PR) be carried out in 2019/2020, following both UNEG and ECG standards. The primary audiences for the Peer Review are the GEF Council, GEF Secretariat, the Independent Evaluation Office and GEF Partnership. The report will be made publicly available through the Web sites of the GEF Council, GEF IEO, ECG and UNEG.


Document Details



  • UNEG-DAC Peer Reviews


  • Apr 2020


  • 4964


  • Peer Reviews