The Foundation's international environmental grants since 2000 fall into four main categories: (i) core grantmaking of the Conservation and Sustainable Development (CSD) program in geographic hotspots based on a strategy adopted in 2000; (ii) investments in the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) in 2001 and 2007; (iii) a Research and Development (R&D) portfolio initiated in 2003; and (iv) a small number of General Program grants mostly managed outside CSD.
This report to the Foundation's President and Board of Directors presents those findings of the independent evaluation that we consider most important and useful. Our responses to key evaluation questions have been included under four headings:
- Approach – has grantmaking been well planned?
- Deployment – can implementation be improved?
- Results – what has been achieved?
- What next?