Terminal Evaluation of the UNEP/GEF Project “African Rift Geothermal Development Facility (ARGeo)” GEF ID number 2119 (2010 - 2021)

Evaluation Office of UNEP (2023-01)

This report is a Terminal Evaluation of a UNEP/GEF project implemented between 2010 and 2021 with the title “African Rift Geothermal Development Facility (ARGeo)”. The ARGeo project aimed to accelerate geothermal energy investments by both public and private sectors. Therefore, the project objective was to facilitate in geothermal power production in the African Rift Valley. It addressed barriers related to financial institutional and information obstacles hindering the implementation of geothermal energy production. Especially, project intended to address the need for exploration studies in the entire African Rift region to confirm GtE resources and support GtE development. The evaluation assessed project performance (in terms of relevance, effectiveness, and efficiency), and determined outcomes and impacts (actual and potential) stemming from the project, including review on their sustainability. The evaluation had two primary purposes: (i) to provide evidence of results to meet accountability requirements, and (ii) to promote learning, feedback, and knowledge sharing through results and lessons learned among UNEP, and the relevant agencies of the project participating countries.

Terminal Project Evaluations