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Global Environment Facility

The Global Environment Facility is an international financial institution that helps developing countries fund projects and programs that benefit the global environment. Funding (mainly grants) is intended to cover only the incremental cost of a project that is related to its global environmental benefit.


What This Rating Means

Results Not Demonstrated

A rating of Results Not Demonstrated (RND) indicates that a program has not been able to develop acceptable performance goals or collect data to determine whether it is performing.
  • The Global Environment Facility has been very slow to implement the reforms agreed to in 2002 as part of the last donor negotiation, the GEF-3 replenishment. Several of those reforms are incomplete, such as some performance-related reforms. Several of these issues remain part of the current negotiations begun in 2005 to replenish the Facility's funding.
  • The Facility has not yet fully instituted key performance improvements. For example, the Facility has not fully instituted improvements in the measurement of environmental results and implementation of a system to prioritize the allocation of its funding based on country performance and environmental benefit.
  • The Facility lacks strong anti-corruption mechanisms. These include, for example, setting high standards, independent audit functions, financial disclosure and codes of ethics, obtaining clean annual external financial audits, and implementing procurement based on best practices.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Working with the Facility and donors to fully implement a performance-based funding allocation system based on relative country performance and environmental benefit.
  • Working with the Facility and donors to establish ambitious long-term performance goals and measures and undertaking more rigorous evaluations of project performance.
  • Working with the Facility and donors to strengthen anti-corruption mechanisms, including establishing high fiduciary standards and achieving clean annual audits from independent external auditors.

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