In its first year of operation the AF-TERG commissioned three studies that explored discrete aspects of Adaptation Fund evaluation practice, and of the evaluation of climate change adaption more broadly.
While these studies were quite distinct, some common challenges faced by the Adaptation Fund and adaptation evaluation practitioners were identified. This briefing summarizes common problems that were apparent across all three studies, outlining the implications these challenges have for both Adaptation Fund stakeholders, and for the broader constituency of individuals and groups involved in the management and delivery of adaptation-focused monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL).
The comprehensive evaluation phase 1 and phase 2 were completed before the AF-TERG’s establishment.
Comprehensive Evaluation of the Adaptation Fund – Phase 2
The purpose of this Phase 2 evaluation was to evaluate the long-term outcomes, impacts and sustainability of Adaptation Fund interventions, focusing on its portfolio of funded projects. Its objective was to examine and assess progress of the Adaptation Fund portfolio toward financing concrete adaptation projects and programs in developing countries Parties to the Kyoto Protocol. It assesses the portfolio’s relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and potential impacts and the sustainability of technical, institutional and financial results.
The evaluation, which builds on the Phase 1 evaluation and two reviews conducted by the CMP in 2011-2012 and 2014, also compiles lessons learned for the future of the Adaptation Fund portfolio. The management response to the evaluation can be accessed here.
Comprehensive Evaluation of the Adaptation Fund – Phase 1
The Adaptation Fund was established in 2001 to finance concrete adaptation projects and programs in developing country Parties to the Kyoto Protocol and those that “are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.” This Independent Evaluation is the first of two phases in a comprehensive evaluation of the Adaptation Fund.
This report presents the findings and analysis for the First Phase evaluation, which is a process evaluation that focuses on the Adaptation Fund’s operational performance from its establishment through June 2015. The management response to the evaluation can be accessed here.