eC2: Value for Money analysis of the GEF supported Sustainable Forest Management and REDD+ projects

Deadline: 25-Jul-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) Survey

The Independent Evaluation Office of the Global Environment Facility (GEF IEO) is requesting Expressions of Interest (Eol) from suitable national and/or international consulting firms and/or institutions to assist the Office in Value for Money (VfM) analysis of GEF supported Sustainable Forest Management and REDD+ projects.

From an evaluation standpoint, the VfM analysis will help examine the impact, efficiency and effectiveness of GEF support to SFM and REDD+ projects. The findings will show the cost and benefits of SFM interventions to generate multiple environmental benefits. The study will also highlight the environmental and socio-economic factors that affect the outcome of SFM interventions. The lessons from this VfM analysis will also help understand some of the challenges for monitoring and measuring environmental and socio-economic benefits as well as potential tradeoffs at landscape scales.

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Putting women’s health and empowerment at the center of development

Last week on World Population Day, I was thinking of the joy of children and the right of babieswomen to decide when to have them. It matters to women, but it matters to society as a whole. There can be no sustainable development without women’s empowerment, and there can be no women’s empowerment without access to comprehensive maternal and reproductive health services. Family planning is part of them.

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eConsultant2: GEF IEO Evaluation of Expansion of GEF Partnership

Deadline: 15-Dec-2015 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) provides support to address global environmental concerns. The GEF IEO, which has central role in ensuring the independent evaluation function within the GEF, is conducting an Evaluation of the Expansion of the GEF Partnership. The evaluation will assess the extent to which the present structure of the GEF partnership meets the needs of its key stakeholders.The consultant will be a member of the evaluation team and will provide support for various tasks related to the evaluation.

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Panama – Sustainable Production Systems and Conservation of Biodiversity

The Sustainable production systems and conservation of biodiversity project in Panama is about to be submitted to the Board of Directors for approval. After the expected Board approval, the project will become active and a procurement plan will be published on the World Bank project website. Shortly thereafter, the first procurement notice and actual tenders will be published. The project involves a total of almost $31 million, of which over $8 million is provided by Panama, and over $9.5 million by the GEF.
The Government of Panama has requested World Bank/GEF assistance in preparing the proposed project to further the conservation efforts undertaken by two earlier MBC projects, and  introduce innovation in sustainability options and support for biodiversity mainstreaming. The project will support enhanced corridor integrity and connectivity, and will contribute to preserve the resilience of regional ecosystems to climatic and other external pressures, including preservation of species of conservation concern.

Trust Funds – The Basics

In 2013 The World Bank Group (WBG) disbursed about $52 billion dollars to finance projects, mainly through IBRD, IDA and the IFC. These disbursements are the ‘regular’ projects financed by the WBG. However, the WBG also has many Trust Funds (TFs), which complement regular project financing. The TFs are often established to adequately respond to economic and/or social developments. In 2013, the WBG held about $29 billion in trust funds. The activities financed by TFs can differ from basic and small consultancy projects to very large multimillion dollar construction projects. Continue reading