About the GEF-7 Scorecard
The GEF-7 Corporate Scorecard is a comprehensive report on the performance of the Global Environment Facility during the GEF-7 period. In particular, the Scorecard reports on the progress made towards the achievement of the GEF-7 targets. It also looks at how the GEF is utilizing resources made available for its seventh replenishment cycle and making progress in the implementation of key policies. The Scorecard is published twice a year; this issue includes all projects approved from June 2018 up to and including the proposed December 2020 work program.
This edition of the GEF-7 Scorecard is released in profoundly challenging times for the Planet. That is why the Highlights present both the GEF’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and a snapshot of progress in GEF-7. It is published as the GEF is continuously enhancing its fiduciary oversight and safeguards of projects to better protect the world’s environment.
Addressing the Impact of the Pandemic
The GEF is helping countries navigate through the challenges posed by COVID-19 and reduce their vulnerability to future pandemics and other disasters by prioritizing and continuing to advance action on the environment. On the programming front, the GEF is applying a green COVID-19 response lens to all projects and programs, making available additional support at the global or country levels for specific actions that reinforce an environmentally sustainable pandemic response. These actions are informed by a GEF COVID-19 Task Force of experts that is investigating the root causes of emerging infectious diseases in support of a potential early warning system for future pandemics and a truly sustainable post-COVID-19 recovery plan.
As for projects and programs already under preparation and implementation, agencies and countries are also taking into consideration the limitations imposed by the restricted mobility of personnel by leveraging information technologies, relying on partners on the ground and adapting procurement and use of international experts.
The GEF is also taking actions to provide the flexibility needed to prepare quality projects in these extraordinary circumstances. Responding to feedback received from government and agency counterparts, the Secretariat invoked provisions in the GEF Cancellation Policy that allow for a cancellation deadline extension. Surveys and direct engagements also kept the partnership abreast of how countries and agencies are handling the implementation challenges brought about by the pandemic.
Highlights of the Scorecard
In the third year of GEF-7 implementation, programming reaches 73 percent of the seventh replenishment resources, up from 61 percent in the previous Work Program, and significantly ahead of the 62 percent timeline of GEF-7 at the present time. It includes a new tranche of the Food Systems, Land Use and Restoration Impact Program. This December 2020 work program also includes three projects leveraging financing from both the Least Developed Countries Fund and GEF Trust Fund, allowing for synergies in generating global environmental benefits in most vulnerable countries.
The GEF continues to make progress on its blended finance program. With an additional project approved, the non-grant instrument reaches 90 percent of its allocated amount in GEF-7.
Good progress is taking place in meeting the Core Indicator targets set for GEF-7: four targets have already been met.
The GEF works actively with Agencies and partners to leverage all sources of finance for projects and programs. The GEF-7 target of a co-financing ratio of seven dollars mobilized for every “GEF dollar” spent has been surpassed with a ratio of 7.8:1 across its portfolio to date.
Countries are progressing well in programming GEF-7 resources. The Least Developed Countries and Small Islands Developing States have respectively reached 80 percent and 65 percent of resources utilized. Over half of the countries applied flexibility measures in using STAR resources. International Waters and Chemicals and Waste focal areas also registered strong progress.
The Country Support Program has held 90 events in GEF-7. With COVID-19 unfolding, the Country Support Program is adapting its operating model. It has led 17 National Dialogues and Constituency Meetings in virtual mode in South Asia, Latin America, Central Europe, and Africa. In addition, the CSP has introduced a new Stakeholder Empowerment Series promoting South-South cooperation around GEF policies and operational management areas. The series has so far brought together Operational Focal Points and Civil Society Organizations from every continent to exchange on specific operational experiences.
Since the onset of the pandemic, Upstream Country Consultations have taken place online through a concerted effort to continue providing strategic guidance on the key programming elements for recipient countries and GEF agencies for the remainder of the GEF-7 cycle. Technical workshops have been facilitated jointly with the Country Support Program to increase country capacity and understanding in strategic programming of GEF-7 resources.
This Scorecard shows continuous progress in implementing both the stakeholder engagement and gender policies. Projects incorporate a gender-responsive approach in project design and engage and work with stakeholders to better reflect local priorities.
The GEF is growing its online presence at a time when activities take place remotely. This has led to more content published online to build awareness and support action on the global environment. The release of Good Practice Briefs supports this endeavor by promoting tested solutions to reach results.