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 and this issue includes all projects approved from June 2018 up to and including the proposed June 2021 work program.
A healthy environment is the basis of all economic and social development. This foundation is now facing over-lapping threats and tipping points that require holistic attention. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a stark reminder that the world was on the wrong track, with conflict between nature and economic systems. We now understand that a healthy planet is the foundation of healthy societies and that the mandate of the GEF is more relevant now than ever before.
This edition of the GEF-7 Scorecard is published at a critical moment for the planet, and for the GEF. In April, member governments and partners of the GEF met to formally start discussions about its eighth replenishment cycle. The investment round, from 2022-2026 (GEF-8) will be critical to the achievement of global environmental ambitions and needs over the coming decade.
Supporting a COVID-19 recovery that is green, blue, clean, and resilient
The GEF has provided uninterrupted support to developing countries throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to keep urgent environmental priorities on track even under crisis. Recognizing the adversity and budgetary strains the coronavirus pandemic has caused in many developing countries, the GEF is applying a green COVID-19 response lens to all its programming.
At the end of the third year of GEF-7 implementation, programming accounts for 81 percent of the seventh replenishment resources, up from 73 percent in the previous GEF work program. It includes new financing through the Africa mini-grids program and two programs supporting chemicals and waste sustainable management. The June 2021 work program also includes 36 projects, with many of them targeting Small Island Developing States and Least Developed Countries.
The GEF continues to make progress on its blended finance program. With two additional projects approved, the non-grant instrument reaches 91 percent of its allocated amount in GEF-7.
This edition of the Scorecard innovates by reporting for the first time on results at the sub-indicator level. It also reveals that five of the core indicator targets set for GEF-7 have already been met and shows good progress in support of marine biodiversity and fisheries.
With this work program, the GEF continues to leverage more 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 8.2:1 across its portfolio to date. Similarly, the investment mobilized target of 5:1 has been surpassed, reaching 5.8:1.
Countries have programmed most of their allocated GEF-7 resources and many of them have already exhausted STAR resources. The Least Developed Countries and Small Islands Developing States have respectively reached 92% and 77% of their respective STAR allocation in GEF-7. Nearly three quarters of countries made use of the flexibility provided in the use of resources. The International Waters and Chemicals and Waste focal areas also continued to register progress.
The Country Support Program built on the broader virtual access experienced during the pandemic to reach GEF constituencies through large online events. It held a total of 118 events in GEF-7, including 28 events in the past six months alone. The success of these activities attest to the role of the CSP as a powerful platform to build capacity, strengthen ownership and advance South-South cooperation across the partnership. The Introduction Seminar held in February 2021 was a landmark event in that it gathered six times as many participants virtually than it usually does face-to-face. The CSP has separately engaged with all constituencies as part of the lead-up to the first GEF-8 replenishment meeting and also to discuss this meeting’s outcomes afterwards. This helps ensure member countries contribute to the process and have their views reflected in new directions.
This Scorecard shows continuous progress in implementing both the stakeholder engagement and gender policies. It tracks how projects incorporate a gender responsive approach at design stage and engage and work with stakeholders to better reflect on local priorities. This takes place at a time when projects adopt new modalities to engage remotely with stakeholders in the context of ongoing social distancing measures and travel restrictions.
The GEF continues to grow its digital media presence at a time when many activities take place online. This has led to more stories and other relevant content published on the GEF website and shared in social media channels 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.
1. Contribution to the Generation of Global Environmental Benefits
2. Impact Programs
3. Other Programmatic Approaches
4. Programming by Focal Area
5. Programming by GEF Agency
6. System for Transparent Allocation of Resources
8. Climate-Related Finance
9. Climate Change Adaptation
10. Gender Equality
11. Stakeholder Engagement
13. Country Support Program
14. Upstream Country Consultations
15. Knowledge and Learning