Uitto, Juha

Dr. Juha I. Uitto is the Director of the Independent Evaluation Office at the Global Environment Facility (GEF), a partnership for international cooperation where 183 countries work together with international institutions, civil society organizations and the private sector to address global environmental issues. Since 1991, the GEF has provided $12.5 billion in grants and leveraged $58 billion in co-financing for 3,690 projects focusing on biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, chemical pollution, and land degradation in 165 developing countries. Before his current post, Juha was the Deputy Director of the Independent Evaluation Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), where he previously worked as Evaluation Adviser.  He has earlier experience as Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator/Specialist with the GEF, first in the GEF Secretariat and later in UNDP’s GEF Unit. Over the past decade and a half, he has conducted and managed a large number of programmatic and thematic evaluations of international cooperation at the global, regional and country levels, in particular related to environmental management and poverty-environment linkages. Dr. Uitto spent the 1990s with the United Nations University (UNU) coordinating the university’s environment and sustainable development research and training programs. There he initiated and managed the collaborative research and training program ‘People, Land Management and Environmental Change,’ operating at the field level in twelve countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, that broke ground by becoming the first GEF-funded project focusing on biodiversity conservation in production landscapes. Prior to joining UNU, Juha Uitto had worked in the Nordic Africa Institute, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and as consultant in development cooperation. He has had visiting positions in the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, Japan (2005; 2013), and the International Studies Program of the University of Montana, Missoula (2006), and lectured at several other universities. He was educated at the Universities of Helsinki and Lund, and holds a PhD in Social and Economic Geography (1989). He has authored/edited several books and published more than 30 peer reviewed articles and book chapters on topics related to the environment, natural resources management, environmental hazards, and evaluation. His latest book Evaluating Environment in International Development was published by Routledge in May 2014. In October 2012, the European Evaluation Society awarded him for a “distinguished contribution to evaluation practice.”

Faculty Type: 
Department: 
Division of Global Affairs
Title: 
Visiting Professor of Global Practice
Education: 
Ph.D., Lund University
Phone: 
(202) 473-4069

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