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The Independent Evaluation Unit (IEU) ensures GCF is accountable and is open to continuous learning. These are central to GCF’s role as a learning organisation as stipulated in its initial strategic plan and its Governing Instrument, the central institutional guide for all of the Fund’s activities.

The IEU operates independently of the GCF Secretariat. Its work plan and budget are developed with the advice of the GCF Board. The IEU head is selected by, and reports to, the GCF Board.

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The IEU has the following objectives:
  • Informs GCF Board decision making and identifies and disseminates lessons learned, contributes to guiding GCF and its stakeholders as a learning institution, and provides strategic guidance;
  • Conducts periodic, independent evaluations of GCF performance to objectively assess GCF results and the effectiveness and efficiency of GCF activities; and
  • Provides evaluation reports to the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement as part of periodic reviews of the UNFCCC Financial Mechanism

The IEU carries out independent evaluations based on two important pillars.

The first is to provide rigorous, evidence-based evaluations that inform key result areas of GCF. These include identifying and measuring the transformative impact of GCF activities, and the extent to which GCF has contributed to catalysing a paradigm shift towards low-emission, climate-resilient pathways. Independent evaluations measure how much GCF has contributed to the paradigm shift. This includes assessing who has benefited, over what timeframe, and whether GCF activities could have been carried out more effectively.

The second evaluation pillar is based on enhancing GCF’s ability to learn from its activities. The IEU will help build GCF’s evaluation capacity, synthesise evaluation-related evidence and support the uptake of key learning. IEU synthesises its findings and lessons learned to advise the GCF Board. These findings and lessons learned are expected to also inform the GCF Secretariat’s Executive Director as well as GCF stakeholders.

The IEU's evaluation-related activities for 2019 include:

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Dr Jyotsna Puri (Jo) is the Head of GCF’s Independent Evaluation Unit. She has more than 20 years of experience in evaluation research in agriculture, environment, health and infrastructure related poverty alleviation policies. She is a well-recognized leader in using qualitative and quantitative methods in evaluation. Jo has worked in a variety of multilateral agencies such as the World Bank, UNDP, and UNEP. Before joining GCF she was Deputy Executive Director and Head of Evaluation at the International Initiative of Impact Evaluation (3ie). She is also Adjunct Associate Professor, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University, USA. Jo holds a Master degree in development economics, and an MSc, as well as a PhD in Agriculture and Resource Economics. She has published widely on methods to assess environmental programmes.

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