GGGI has been working with the Government of Mexico since 2013 in the assessment, development, and implementation of public policies that promote green growth. GGGI works closely with national and sub-national governments and other strategic partners, with the Secretariat of the Environment and Natural Resources as its main focal point. GGGI’s program focused on five areas (1) green-growth planning; (2) air quality; (3) public transport; (4) climate technologies; and (5) knowledge sharing – and primarily linked to GGGI’s thematic priorities of sustainable energy and green cities.
Objective and scope
The objective of this Evaluation was to gather evidence on the results of the GGGI Mexico Country Program that have been achieved to date and to inform improvements to future program design and delivery. It was to inform the development of the work plan and budget for Mexico for 2019 and 2020, as well as GGGI’s first five-year Country Planning Framework with Mexico.
Key evaluation questions
- What are the main outcomes (intended/ unintended/ positive/ negative) achieved?
- And under transport areas, how much progress has been made against the program logic? Is there sound evidence to support the theory of change underpinning this logic?
- How can GGGI Mexico Country Program build on previous results to scale, replicate, and maximize impacts?
Key findings. The evaluation summarized GGGI’s key achievements including:
- Contributed to the establishment of the Environmental Commission of the Megalopolis and the development of the Mexican Official Standard for the air quality index.
- Contributed to State of Morelos’s policy reforms to support integrated mass transportation system implementation, including leveraging finance.
- Contributed to the National Strategy on Climate Change, though the Municipalities Risk Management and Vulnerability Diagnosis, to identify prioritized adaptation actions.
- Supported the Government of Sonora to develop a Green Growth Strategy and establish a Green Growth Cabinet to coordinate the actions under the strategy.
- Contributed to the promotion of energy technological innovations and influenced the operation of the Mexican Center for Innovation in Geothermal Energy.
Recommendations. The evaluation’s main cross cutting recommendations were
- Assign measurable targets for project implementation, as well as performance and outcome indicators, to quantify GGGI’s contribution to its strategic objectives.
- Secure formal commitments from the government-implementing counterparts to unlock intermediate- and long-term outcomes for each program area.
- Prepare internal reports and keep records of results of each project to allow for monitoring of impact and transparency for partners.
- Expand from the prevailing environmental focus, towards a more balanced focus with the economic and social aspects of green growth.
- Strengthen national partnerships and increase the number of sub-national partners to secure continuity of current work and launch of new projects.
- Contained in the main evaluation report.
- An Approach Paper was published in December 2017 providing an overview of the Mexico as well as the proposed evaluation design, methodology, and workplan.