Evaluation 2017: From Learning to Action

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Gender, M&E and Environmental Programming in Climate Finance Institutions – Learning What Works and How

Session Number: 2773
Track: Feminist Issues in Evaluation
Session Type: Panel
Tags: climate change, climate finance, Environment program evaluation, Environmental program evaluation, Gender equality and women's empowerment, gender mainstreaming, SDG
Session Chair: Caren Grown [Senior Director - World Bank Group]
Discussant: Kathryn Stratos [Climate Change Specialist]
Presenter 1: Gabriella Richardson Temm [Senior Gender Specialist - Global Environment Facility]
Presenter 2: Dennis Peter Bours [Evaluation Officer - Independent Evaluation Office of the GEF]
Presenter 3: Svetlana Negroustoueva, PMP Certified [World Bank]
Presenter 4: Juha I. Uitto [Director - Global Environment Facility]
Time: Nov 08, 2017 (06:15 PM - 07:15 PM)
Room: Marriott Balcony A

Abstract 1 Title: Global Environment Facility (GEF): Advancing gender equality measures for the GEF.
Presentation Abstract 1:

As part of the implementation of the GEF Gender Equality Action Plan (GEAP), the GEF Gender Partnership has been exploring opportunities to strengthen GEF’s monitoring and reporting system on gender. In 2016 the GEF launched an exercise to review the GEF-6 results framework on gender and to map gender disaggregated and other social co-benefit indicators in the GEF project portfolio. This presentation will discuss findings from this exercise that we hope may be useful for M&E practitioners, program managers, and policy makers who are working on the intersection of gender and inclusion in the context of climate change and environmental programming more broadly. The presentation will also reflect on GEF’s approach to gender mainstreaming, best practices and shift to move beyond gender mainstreaming alone towards a strategy that better leverages key entry points to maximize positive gender and social outcomes in key GEF programming areas.

Abstract 2 Title: Independent Evaluation Office of the GEF (IEO): Evaluation on gender mainstreaming in the Global Environment Facility
Presentation Abstract 2:

The Sixth Overall Performance Studies of the GEF (OPS6) aims to provide solid evaluative evidence to inform the negotiations for the seventh replenishment of the GEF. The evaluative question on gender is: “To what extent have gender issues and evaluation of its effectiveness been mainstreamed into GEF’s work since the development of its gender policy?” This question was further explored in a sub-study on gender mainstreaming, through four work elements:

  1. A review of the implementation of recommendations from the previous overall performance study
  2. An assessment of the appropriateness of the GEF Policy on Gender Mainstreaming
  3. A comparison of GEF’s Gender Quality Action Plan (GEAP) against actions taken by comparable climate/environmental funds
  4. An assessment of the trends of gender mainstreaming in the GEF since approval of the GEAP.

The use of a new gender rating and results of this sub-study will be presented at this AEA session.

Abstract 3 Title: Climate Investment Funds (CIF): Gender and stakeholder engagement in the CIF’s Evaluation and Learning Initiative
Presentation Abstract 3:

Mainstreaming gender equality is a priority across the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), and significant improvements have been made in project design and implementation, and monitoring, learning and knowledge sharing, including roll-out of Phase 2 of its Gender Action Plan to deepen efforts on policy, technical support, evaluation and learning (E&L), and stakeholder engagement. Under the E&L portfolio, CIF started a 9 Million Dollar Learning and Evaluation Initiative to complement its existing monitoring and reporting system, to focus on 4 learning themes, including local stakeholder engagement and benefit. While not all proposals had to address each theme, all were assessed against one of ten key funding principles “inclusive and gender-responsive”. The presentation will discuss lessons learnt from addressing that principle in proposal development and ongoing implementation of nine E&L activities, including a distinct activity in Tajikistan. Early lessons from CIF’s Evaluation of gender mainstreaming and institutional impact will be reflected on.


Abstract 4 Title: < Mr. Uitto is the session's moderator >
Theme: Learning What Works and Why
Audience Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

The principal drivers of climate change and degradation of the global environment are closely intertwined with gender inequality and social exclusion. This has been clearly reflected in Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 and gender commitments expressed in the Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), which all emphasize gender equality and women’s empowerment as a sustainable development goal in itself and as catalyst for reaching all other goals and targets. Efforts to address climate change and environmental degradation, and those to combat gender equality, can be mutually supportive.

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) occupy a unique space in the global partnership for sustainable development and are well placed to support the vision embodied in the SDGs. This panel session will offer learning about efforts and challenges advancing gender responsive M&E efforts in environmental programming, including climate change, mitigation and adaptation efforts and their link to SDGs.

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