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The GEI Approach

As a global partnership, GEI supports countries in building sustainable and effective M&E frameworks and capacities, by leveraging local, regional, and global knowledge and expertise. Our work aspires to make meaningful contributions in ECD through the following:

  • Building country M&E frameworks: GEI places country demand at its core and works toward developing country-owned, sustainable M&E frameworks and capacities. Our primary focus is strengthening M&E frameworks (legal and regulatory environment, institutions, systems, policies, practices) and capacities (skills, competencies, experience) of governments and other M&E stakeholders in developing countries. We provide comprehensive, long-term support to governments and other stakeholders, prioritizing institutions that drive the countrywide M&E framework and culture (for example, Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Finance, legislative bodies dealing with accountability and performance, voluntary organizations for professional evaluation). 
  • Building sustainable capacity:  ECD under GEI involves strengthening and sustaining individuals’ and organizations’ ability to access, analyze and use evaluative knowledge. GEI focuses on building sustainable partnerships with governments through long-term programmatic engagements that promote systemic in-country evaluation capacities.
  • Focusing to maximize impact: GEI focuses on addressing market failures and generating positive external spillovers in the M&E environment and culture. The initiative works where there is no private solution and where there is a likely positive impact on the institutional national or regional M&E environment.
  • Reducing ECD services fragmentation: GEI is a catalyst of coordinated in-country ECD efforts, to enhance efficiency for governments to design, implement, and manage effective M&E frameworks and contribute to more sustainable systems.
  • Leveraging the digital world: The discipline and practice of evaluation are changing quickly around the world as rapidly evolving technology and data ecosystems generate increased opportunities for understanding and evaluating policy interventions. GEI stays up to date on new developments, innovations, and technology solutions in the M&E field, using the data revolution to reach excluded countries, populations, and institutions. Leveraging the data revolution for M&E is ever more important under the recent travel and social distancing restrictions imposed by COVID.
  • Generating and sharing M&E knowledge: GEI focuses on systematically codifying and curating knowledge generated through country work, to identify best practices and relevant experiences for knowledge sharing. It leverages global and country-level expertise on M&E systems development and research and training within the partnership to develop tool kits, manuals, and learning notes in various languages. GEI focuses thematically on M&E issues related to climate change, gender, and other areas of global interest where evaluation gaps are significant. In addition, GEI conducts and catalyzes selective frontier research on innovative M&E practices and solutions.

GEI as a Catalyzer

Supporting national champions within (governmental) organizations is an essential aspect of strengthening country-led demand for M&E. GEI’s primary role is to catalyze strategic partnerships—bringing together key actors and experts in the evaluation field—to help governments place evidence at the heart of decision-making.

GEI as a Public Goods Generator


GEI focuses on themes and sectors most likely to generate a public good. The initiative focuses in priority—but not exclusively—on the SDGs and on topics related to global public goods such as inclusion, gender, climate change, and sectors with less access to funding for adequate M&E development (such as rural and agricultural sectors).

GEI as a Trusted Partner

GEI operates as a trusted partner for governments and other M&E stakeholders, helping countries find solutions and financing for their country M&E systems and capacity development needs. GEI believes in building on a country’s strengths and indigenous knowledge and leveraging the best expertise available locally, regionally, and globally.

GEI focuses on developing countries across the world. Within developing countries, GEI prioritizes those with lower income levels and countries affected by fragility, conflict, and violence. In middle-income countries, GEI prioritizes engagements that can generate cross-fertilization of knowledge and geographic areas with lower income levels or higher incidence of poverty (for example, poorer states).

GEI as a platform for gLOCAL Knowledge Sharing

GEI fosters M&E knowledge generation, sharing it globally and locally (“gLocally”), so that M&E knowledge generated in one country is made available to others as is relevant for greater learning and effectiveness.