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You Win Some, You Lose Some – Synergies and Trade-offs of GEF Support (Part 2)

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By: Jeneen Reyes Garcia, Evaluation Officer, GEF Independent Evaluation Office
On: Monday, Mar 19, 2018

You can’t have your cake and eat it, too. At least that’s what we’ve always been told. Having finished the Evaluation of the Multiple Benefits of GEF’s Multifocal Area Portfolio, now we know it’s not that simple – and thankfully, not that bleak!

You Win Some, You Lose Some – Synergies and Trade-offs of GEF Support (Part 1)

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By: Jeneen Reyes Garcia, Evaluation Officer, GEF Independent Evaluation Office
On: Monday, Mar 12, 2018

They say multitasking is counterproductive. But what about trying to achieve multiple environmental and socioeconomic objectives in one project?

Using SNA to evaluate impact in complex systems

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By: Jeneen Reyes Garcia, Evaluation Officer, GEF Independent Evaluation Office
On: Wednesday, Mar 07, 2018

My name is Jeneen R. Garcia. I’ve been a full-time evaluator at the Independent Evaluation Office of the Global Environment Facility (GEF IEO) for the last seven years. The GEF is the largest multilateral funder of environmental programs worldwide. Because the programs we evaluate almost all take place in complex social-ecological systems, we constantly need to seek out new methods for dealing with complexity.

One of the methods we’ve used is Social Network Analysis (SNA). In one evaluation,...

Do cities control their own destiny?

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By: Dennis Bours, Evaluation Officer, GEF Independent Evaluation Office (GEF IEO)
On: Wednesday, Feb 07, 2018

One of the underlying assumptions of urban resilience oriented interventions is that cities control policies and vital systems, such as system-level management of infrastructure development, natural resource management, and setting environmental standards.

The GEF in the Changing Landscape of Environmental Finance

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By: Juha I. Uitto, Director, GEF Independent Evaluation Office (GEF IEO)
On: Tuesday, Jan 09, 2018

We have recently completed the Sixth Comprehensive Evaluation of the GEF (known by its acronym OPS6). The Comprehensive Evaluations are conducted by the Independent Evaluation Office every four years as critical inputs to the GEF replenishment process. I presented the final draft of the OPS6 to the second replenishment meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in October 2017 and the GEF...

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