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GEF Project Cycle. Sub-Regional Workshop for GEF Focal Points in the Caribbean Havana, Cuba, 8-10 July 2008. Simplified GEF Project Approval Process. Main Features: Consolidation of steps in project cycle Reduction in documentation requirements. GEF Project Cycle: Purposes.

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gef project cycle

GEF Project Cycle

Sub-Regional Workshop for GEF Focal Points

in the Caribbean

Havana, Cuba, 8-10 July 2008

simplified gef project approval process
Simplified GEF Project Approval Process

Main Features:

  • Consolidation of steps in project cycle
  • Reduction in documentation requirements
gef project cycle purposes
GEF Project Cycle: Purposes
  • Reduction of processing time of project proposals from identification to start of implementation to 22 months
  • Greater upstream strategic programming of GEF resources
  • Simplified GEF process and transparency in decision making
  • Enhanced monitoring for results
role of countries
Role of Countries
  • Countries are advised to:
    • Identify national priorities for GEF funding
    • Develop comprehensive and coherent GEF strategy in consultation with key stakeholders
    • Integrate GEF priorities within broader national environment and sustainable development frameworks
role of operational focal points
Role of Operational Focal Points
  • Dialogue with GEF Secretariat to discuss proposed project concepts and approach
  • OFP endorses projects for GEF funding after proper consultation
  • Begin project development and implementation in partnership with appropriate GEF Agencies
gef project cycle 4 steps
GEF Project Cycle – 4 Steps
  • GEF CEO’s review of the project concept (documented in the “PIF”) / approves PPG
  • Approval of the work program by the GEF Council
  • GEF CEO’s endorsement of the project
  • Implementation, supervision, monitoring and final evaluation
project cycle full size projects
Project Cycle: Full Size Projects

Develop concept

Project Identification Form (PIF)

Option to request Project Preparation Grant (PPG)

Final evaluation

CEO Clearance of PIF

CEO Approval of PPG

Step 1

Project impacts continue after completion of GEF funding

Implement, monitor and evaluate project

‘Work Program’ Inclusion - Council Approval

Step 2

Step 4

CEO Endorsement

4 Week Council Review of

Project Document

Prepare project proposal

Step 3

gef project cycle project identification preparation
GEF Project Cycle: Project Identification & Preparation
  • Project Identification Form (PIF)
    • Provides key information on project idea and best estimate of project cost
    • Submitted on a rolling basis
    • Accompanied by National OperationalFocal Point endorsement
  • Project Preparation Grant (PPG)
    • Available to PIFs cleared by CEO
    • Grant amount based on estimate of project preparation costs
    • Approved on a rolling basis
  • PIF and PPG can be submitted together
gef project cycle1
GEF Project Cycle

There are two GEF review points in the project cycle:

  • PIF Clearance & Work Program Inclusion:
      • Project Identification Form (PIF) - for review and clearance by CEO
      • Work Program Document describing overall programmatic coherence of GEF projects in the work program in relation to the GEF strategic objectives –for approval by Council
  • CEO endorsement: Fully prepared full-sizedprojects submitted for CEO endorsement before approval by Agencies
review criteria for project concepts
Review Criteria for Project Concepts

Criteria for PIF Review:

  • Country eligibility
  • Consistency with GEF strategic objectives/programs
  • Comparative advantage of GEF Agency submitting PIF
  • Estimated cost of the project, including expected co-financing
  • Consistency of the GEF grant request with resources available in the focal area and Resource Allocation Framework allocations
  • Milestones for further project processing
review criteria for complete project proposals
Review Criteria for Complete Project proposals

Criteria for CEO Endorsement of Projects:

  • Project’s ability to deliver its outcomes, and generate global environmental benefits consistent with focal area strategies
  • Cost-effectiveness in using GEF funds (review of project budget, cost tables for project components, project management, consultants, and co-financing)
  • Compliance with GEF Monitoring and Evaluation Policy
  • Project preparation grant status report
project cycle medium size projects
Project Cycle: Medium Size Projects

Develop concept

Project Identification Form (PIF)

Option to request Project Preparation Grant (PPG)

Final evaluation

Project impacts continue after completion of GEF funding

Implement, monitor and evaluate Project

CEO Approval of PIF (and PPG)

CEO Approval

2 Week Council review of

Project Document

Prepare project proposal

approval of medium size projects and enabling activities
Approval of Medium Size Projects and Enabling Activities

Medium Size Projects

  • PIFs approved by CEO for further preparation
  • Fully prepared project documents circulated to Council for 2 week comment period prior to CEO approval.

Enabling Activities

  • Fully prepared projects documents approved by CEO and documents posted on the web site.