More than twenty years after the Earth Summit was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, both national and international actors in governmental and nongovernmental fields are still searching for insights into how sustainable development can be advanced and environmental concerns incorporated into the development agenda more effectively. Moreover, climate change has emerged as a preeminent challenge to both the environment and to development. Evaluating Environment in International Development provides international perspectives and in-depth knowledge of evaluating development and the environment and applies evaluation knowledge to climate change mitigation and adaptation.
The book focuses on the approaches and experiences of leading international organizations, not-for-profits, and multilateral and bilateral aid agencies to illustrate how systematic evaluation is an essential tool for providing evidence for decision-makers. It provides novel and in-depth perspectives on evaluating environment and sustainability issues in developing countries. Moving beyond projects and programmes, it considers aspects such as evaluating normative work on the environment and evaluating environmental consequences of economic and social development efforts.
This original collection should be of interest to scholars of environment studies, development studies, international relations, sustainable development and evaluation, as well as practitioners in international organizations and development and environmental NGOs.
Juha I. Uitto is Deputy Director of the Independent Evaluation Office of the United Nations Development Programme.
Forewords by Yolanda Kakabadse and Indran A. Naidoo Part 1. Introduction and Conceptual Background 1. Introduction: Evaluating Contributions to National Results in Environment and Development Juha I. Uitto 2. A Global Public Goods Perspective on Environment and Poverty Rob D. van den Berg 3. Evaluation and the Reconciliation of Global Environmental Benefits with Local Development Howard Macdonald Stewart Part 2. Approaches and Challenges to Evaluating Environment in National Development 4. Evaluation at the Nexus: Principles for Evaluating Sustainable Development Interventions Andy Rowe 5. Assessing Progress towards Impacts in Environmental Programmes Using the Field Review of Outcomes to Impacts Methodology David Todd and Rob Craig 6. Meta-Evaluation of Climate Mitigation Evaluations Christine Woerlen 7. Small Grants, Big Impacts: Aggregation Challenges Sulan Chen and Juha I. Uitto 8. A Programme Theory Approach to Evaluating Normative Environmental Interventions Segbedzi Norgbey and Michael Spilsbury Part 3. Lessons from International Cooperation 9. Evaluating the Poverty-Environment Nexus in Africa Michael Stocking 10. Evaluating Disaster Risk Management in the Face of Climate Change Vijayalakshmi Vadivelu 11. Multiple Actors and Confounding Factors: Evaluating Impact in Complex Social-Ecological Systems Aaron Zazueta and Jeneen R. Garcia 12. Evaluating International Support for Transboundary Aquifer Management Programmes Alan Fox 13. Green Economy Performance of Environmental Initiatives in Latin-America and the Caribbean Jyotsna Puri, Ronal Gainza-Carmenates and Simon Lobach 14. Evaluating Environment in United Nations Development Programme Country Programming: Evidence from China and India Juha I. Uitto 15. Opportunities and Challenges of Evaluating Environment Joint Programmes: Lessons from the Millennium Development Goal Achievement Fund Nurit Bodemann-Ostow and Regina Gallego Pinero 16. The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research Approach to Impact Evaluation of Environment and Natural Resources Management Roberto La Rovere