Earth-Eval Blogpost: Averting a ‘train wreck’ – Taking stock of environmental consequences of development interventions
Nanthikesan Suppiramaniam, Lead Evaluation Officer at IOE, has published a blogpost on Earth-Eval entitled ‘Averting a ‘train wreck’ – Taking stock of environmental consequences of development interventions’.
In the post, Suppiramaniam discusses IFAD’s pioneering role – within in the UN system – in recognizing the need to evaluate the intended and unintended environmental consequences of development interventions. The piece analyses the key elements of the system developed in IFAD to sustain this effort, and to keep it going strong for the past decade. Among these, the piece highlights that the evaluation of environmental consequences of development interventions is relevant and useful to the extent that organizations are committed to mainstreaming such analysis in their programmes.
The author presents the five interlocking elements of IFAD’s system that ensures integration of environmental consequences into the evaluation process, in the hope that IFAD's experience may serve as a compass to point to possible pathways for others who are embarking on this important endeavour.