IEA within the CGIAR

The new CGIAR has a complex architecture includes a CGIAR System Management Office aimed at coherence, and 15 independent research centers and one inter-governmental research organization; a System Council which aims to achieve strategic harmonisation in financing by international donors for the CGIAR; and a number of institutional structures intended to facilitate and support efficiency and effectiveness across all partnerships, including the IEA and the Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC).

The IEA Head reports directly to the System Council, and is required to consult closely with the System Management Office and Board, while respecting the final authority of the System Council. The Head IEA is also an observer to the System Council.

The IEA is structurally independent in the CGIAR in that its budget is decided by the System Council to which it reports. IEA commissioned evaluations are conducted by independent teams. Independence is a prerequisite for the IEA to be able to commission and deliver external evaluations of the System’s CRPs and institutions that are credible for learning and accountability thus serving all the stakeholders of the CGIAR.

Furthermore, the IEA has responsibilities over the external evaluations commissioned by the CRPs and aims at enhancing their independence from CRP management to the extent possible and practicable. Striving for independence ensures that evaluations in the CGIAR are adequately resourced, conducted by independent evaluators, transparent in their processes, findings and conclusions and that their recommendations are communicated widely to stakeholders and acted upon in an efficient manner.