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Eval11 Session 952: Valuing Diversity- How to Construct Consensus for M&E Policy with Multiple Stakeholders - Experiences with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) 

11-03-2011 15:25

The Global Environment Facility (GEF), a partnership of international agencies has the mandate to finance improvements in the global environment. Agencies work in partnership and with local and international governments and organizations. Reforms at the GEF led its Council to request the Evaluation Office and Secretariat to work with the GEF partnership and revise the GEF Monitoring & Evaluation policy for its next programming period. The revised policy was presented and adopted by Council in November 2010. The process of developing guidelines for results based tracking, quality assurance, compliance and inclusive engagement has led to a policy aiming to meet the needs of management, implementing agencies, evaluators and beneficiaries. This session will provide a template for integrating views from diverse stakeholders based on GEF's experiences. Many agencies have the task of coordinating multi-party, regional or thematic evaluation guidelines or policy. This poses special opportunities and special challenges for standard setting taking in different perspectives, priorities and even values for gauging impacts within a portfolio. Based on the GEF experience with the development of a revised M&E policy, this session will provide lessons for strengthening project evaluation quality. Perspectives will be shared with the audience as lessons for navigating an organization's unique systems to improve measurement and evaluation throughout the lifecycle of programs and projects. The Global Environment Facility (GEF) unites 182 member governments in partnership with 10 international institutions, a Scientific and Technical Panel, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector — to address global environmental issues. As an independent financial organization, the GEF provides grants and shares knowledged with developing countries for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants. These projects benefit the global environment, linking local, national, and global environmental challenges and promoting sustainable livelihoods. Established in 1991, the GEF is today the largest funder of projects to improve the global environment. The GEF has allocated $9.2 billion, supplemented by more than $40 billion in cofinancing, for more than 2,700 projects in more than 165 developing countries and countries with economies in transition. Through its Small Grants Programme (SGP), the GEF has also made more than 12,000 small grants directly to nongovernmental and community organizations, totalling $495 million.

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