Evaluation of Partnerships in CGIAR

This Evaluation was the first comprehensive assessment of partnerships in CGIAR and it focused particularly on the extent the 2009 CGIAR reform has led to strengthening of strategic partnerships.

The Evaluation highlighted the role partnerships have historically played in CGIAR, and found that the reform has had positive effects.  Main findings include evidence of more strategic relationships with an increased number of partners, illustrated by more explicit roles and clearly defined responsibilities.  For private-public partnerships, the Evaluation found ambiguity in understanding the strategy and methods of engagement with the private sector, which has a role both in the enhancement of science and delivery.

Recommendations focused on linking partnership strategies with research strategies, optimizing partnership models, addressing resource issues that influence partnerships and partners’ roles in managing research. The Evaluation recommended that the strategic role of multi-stakeholder partnerships be explored and guidance be prepared for engaging in public-private partnerships. It was recommended that CGIAR at the System level clarifies how partnerships are expected to be funded and what are the implications of current funding trends on partnerships. The Evaluation also recommended better staring of experiences about partnerships across CGIAR and more closely involving NARS with requisite capacity and commitment in research management.

The CGIAR System Management Board (SMB) welcomed the Evaluation findings and recommendations. In responding to the Evaluation, the SMB fully agreed to and supported all six recommendations. In its response, the SMB indicated areas where actions to improve partnerships and strengthen engagement with NARS can be taken, such as through CGIAR country collaboration activities and through better monitoring of progress on partnerships through the new performance-based management system.

Summary Report – Evaluation of Partnerships in CGIAR
Final Report – Evaluation of Partnerships in CGIAR
Final Report: Annexes – Evaluation of Partnerships in CGIAR
System Management Board Commentary – Evaluation of Partnerships in CGIAR