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Monitoring and Evaluation

The World Bank Group's GEF portfolio of projects is subject to the Bank's overall portfolio management processes. The Bank's monitoring and evaluation systems are built into projects to clarify project or program objectives and how they are to be met, track progress, and identify areas where adjustments may be needed. Throughout the project cycle, periodic reports on progress against objectives are monitored.

Internal evaluation:  The Bank's regional management have the primary responsibility for monitoring projects in their regions. Task teams carry out bi-annual project supervision and prepare project status reports to the regional management. All Full-sized projects are subject to mid-term reviews to assess the progress of the project toward meeting their development objectives. Every project is then evaluated by the task team at the time of closing for their success or failure in addressing the stated development objectives and global environment objectives. Based on their evaluation, task teams prepare project completion reports. The GEF Anchor prepares a report annually to the GEF Secretariat based on the performance of all active projects.

Independent evaluation:  Along with the regional portfolio management processes an independent evaluation of completed projects is provided by the Bank's Independent Evaluation Group (IEG). The goals of evaluation are to learn from experience, to provide an objective basis for assessing the results of the Bank's work, and to provide accountability for the achievement of its objectives. Independent evalution of each project also provides support for evaluating capacity development in recipient countries with results disseminated externally.    

GEF evaluation:  In consultation with the Implementing Agencies, the GEF Evaluation Office (EO) unit also carries out GEF-wide thematic reviews and program evaluations. The lessons that emerge from these exercises are fed back into project planning and implementation cycles and shared with partner institutions through workshops and publications.

The above evaluation activities are not carried out in isolation. Rather, they form an interconnected system for quality assurance and learning across Bank Group activities. This interconnectedness is supported by regular consultations among the Bank Group units involved as well as with partners on issues of evaluation methods, criteria and results sharing.
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Last updated: 2011-02-14


Monitoring and Evaluation