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The Small Grants Programme aims to develop community strategies and technologies for reducing threats to the global environment while addressing livelihood challenges. In July 2015 the 2nd Joint GEF-UNDP Evaluation of the SGP was completed. It discusses the SGP’s current role and results in achieving global environmental benefits while addressing livelihoods, poverty, and gender equality; broader adoption of grant-level results; the SGP’s strategic positioning; and M&E.
The purpose of the Joint Evaluation of the SGP was to assess the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, and cost effectiveness of the SGP in relation to the overall mandate of the GEF. In addition, the evaluation assessed the results of the SGP, the factors that affect these results, and the program’s monitoring and evaluation systems.
Overall, the joint evaluation found that the SGP is a cost-effective way for the GEF to generate global environmental benefits while addressing country priorities and responding to the needs of local populations. It also found that the current management model has reached its limits and is not suitable for a new phase of growth and that SGP governance and audit procedures need to be strengthened.