Evaluation of Gender in Research and in CGIAR workplace

The “Evaluation of Gender in CGIAR”, commissioned by IEA, is the first independent, System-wide evaluation on this topic. It was originally conceived as a single evaluation covering both gender in research and gender at the workplace. While both contributing to the common objective of gender equity, these two dimensions relate to a distinct set of issues and actors, with different impact pathways. The two dimensions, therefore, were evaluated by different teams, using different methodologies, and the results are published in two separate volumes: “Volume I: Gender in CGIAR Research”; and “Volume II: Gender at the workplace”. The two Evaluations were conducted in parallel and findings and information were exchanged at key times during the evaluation process, which led to the formulation of a common recommendation.

  1. Volume I: Gender in CGIAR Research
  2. The Evaluation found that there has been significant progress towards gender equity in CGIAR since 2010, with key institutions strengthened and gender mainstreaming incorporated across all research programs, resulting in a growing body of gender research. Though much has been achieved, there is still more that CGIAR must do in order to achieve its objectives. The Evaluation listed 11 recommendations for future action relating to clearer vision and action plan for gender equity; greater consistency in gender research; stronger systems for monitoring and evaluations of outputs and outcomes and support to gender capacity and expertise.

A video summarizing the findings and recommendations from the evaluation of Gender in CGIAR research can be found below.

Volume II: Gender at the CGIAR Workplace
The Evaluation found that CGIAR has made a strong commitment to increasing the representation of women across all levels of the System and its Centers. The evaluation revealed that the centers have done well in establishing policies that foster gender equity although there is a significant gap between espoused values and policies and actual practice at the managerial and operational levels. While moderate progress in the representation of women has been made since 2008, women remain under-represented in professional, scientific, and leadership roles in the Centers at least to a moderate extent. It also concluded that priority should be given to increasing the representation of women in groups that have the strongest bearing on the delivery of the Center’s missions, which will require target-setting and proactive recruiting. The Evaluation listed 9 recommendations (one of which is a shared recommendation with Volume I: Gender in Research on the need for a high-level vision statement on gender), addressed to both System-level and Center-Level representatives.

The Team

Sally Baden

Team Leader

Sally Baden is an agricultural economist, specialized in gender and development and women’s rights, with a 25 year career in academia, the NGO and private sectors. She has broad interests in equity in economic policy and practice and her specific interests and expertise include rural livelihoods and agricultural markets and the role of collective action in in promoting women’s empowerment. She has recently worked on two major evaluations of agriculture-related programs: an Assessment of CARE USA’s Pathways to Food Security global program (for BMGF); and an evaluation of the Future Agriculture Consortium, commissioned by DFID.
Sally joined Social Development Direct in January 2015 as Lead Consultant on Women’s Economic Empowerment. Prior to joining SDDirect, Sally spent 12 years with Oxfam as a regional and global adviser on agricultural livelihoods. From 2010-13, Sally led a research, learning and communications project on Women’s Collective Action in Agricultural Markets in sub-Saharan Africa – funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Sally has also worked as an Independent Consultant for a range of high profile clients including DFID and UN Women – for whom she was substantive editor for the 2015 Progress of the World’s Women Report “Transforming Economies, Realising Rights”. During 1992-1998, she was a Research Officer and Manager of the Briefings on Development and Gender (BRIDGE) project at the Institute of Development Studies, in the UK, where she also co-directed the Masters Programme in Gender and Development from 1998-2000.

Lynn Brown

Team Member

Lynn Brown is a post graduate trained economist specialized in gender, food and nutrition policy, social protection, agriculture and rural development. She has extensive experience in Africa and Asia, including 2 years in Bangladesh managing the World Bank’s nutrition portfolio. She has managed and led numerous multi-disciplinary teams of researchers and/or policymakers. She was the first Chief Economist of the World Food Program and enjoyed a long career at the World Bank. She is now an independent consultant, and is senior adviser to the CEO of Se4all and Special Representative of the UN Secretary General with respect to the Global Panel on Agriculture, Food Systems and Nutrition, and a representative to this Panel. She is also senior adviser to Harvestplus, the AU Program for Aflatoxin Control in Africa(PACA) and chairs the Global Donor Platform for Rural development’s Agriculture and Nutrition workstream. She is an author of numerous research papers, book chapters, and co-editor of a book on gender and structural adjustment.

Rachel Percy

Team Member

Rachel is an agricultural innovation, extension and development specialist who has both led, and undertaken, consultancies in Africa, Asia and Latin America for a wide range of clients. Her inputs have included monitoring and evaluation, strategy development, project/program formulation, training design, capacity building and livelihood rehabilitation. She has worked in agricultural research and extension, post-disaster livelihoods rehabilitation, training and both higher and vocational education. Rachel combines a scientific agricultural background with expertise in participatory and sustainable livelihoods approaches, gender analysis, and qualitative field research. Her thirty years of experience include over ten years of practical, long-term management and advisory experience in agricultural extension and sustainable development in Sub Saharan Africa, followed by eight years as a lecturer within the International and Rural Development Department at the University of Reading, UK where she taught Participatory Agricultural Research and Extension, and Gender and Development. Since 2004 she has focused on short-term consultancy work and has led, and contributed to, a number of evaluations including complex multi-country reviews and evaluations, such as the evaluation of the World Food Program’s Purchase for Progress pilot initiative.

Deborah Merrill-Sands

Team Member

Dr. Deborah Merrill-Sands is the Dean of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. Prior to joining Paul College, Dean Merrill-Sands served as the dean of Mills College’s Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business from 2010-2015 where she also held the Glenn and Ellen Voyles Chair in Business Education. Dean Merrill-Sands’ tenure at the School of Management of Simmons College (1996-2010) includes the leadership positions of dean, acting dean, and associate dean. While at Simmons College, she also co-founded and co-directed the Center for Gender in Organizations and served as program director of the Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change. Dean Merrill-Sands is the author of numerous journal articles, monographs and book chapters. Her research focuses on diversity and gender dynamics in the workplace, women and leadership, organizational effectiveness and leading change. Most recently, she has explored business ethics, corporate social responsibility and sustainability. In addition to her background in education, Dean Merrill-Sands has extensive experience in public service with organizations such as the Ford Foundation, World Bank, The Hague, and the United Nations. She has also consulted to for-profit, not-for-profit and intergovernmental organizations on policies and practices for managing diversity to enhance organizational effectiveness. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Hampshire College. Past board work includes the International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology Board of Governors and Executive Committee in Nairobi, Kenya and secretary of the International Service for National Agricultural Research the Board of Trustees, The Hague, Netherlands.