Evaluation of Capacity Development activities of CGIAR

The Evaluation assessed capacity development (CD) activities across CGIAR at three levels: individual, organizational, and institutional (networks and policies).

The Evaluation assessed capacity development (CD) activities across CGIAR at three levels: individual, organizational, and institutional (networks and policies). The main finding was that CGIAR continues to have a unique position in supporting individual capacity development of national scientists in developing countries. At the organizational and institutional level, several CGIAR Centers were found to have developed strong CD partnerships with NARS, but further efforts to enhance capacity of NARs in policy dialogues and development are needed. The Evaluation also found that that there was little evidence of the effectiveness of CD activities targeted at primary producers, and clear guidance is needed on CGIAR’s comparative advantage and how CD should be prioritized.

Recommendations included the need for better planning and design of CD activities based on CGIAR’s comparative advantages and strategic objectives, as many national partners are well placed to take on an active role on wide-scale CD at national levels. The Evaluation recommended that CGIAR program’s build CD into their Theories of Change, and plan for transitions to other providers.  The Evaluation also recommended for CGIAR to develop well-defined data collection and reporting tools for measuring effectiveness and impact and to support learning and decision-making.

A summary of findings and conclusions is available in the video below:

The Team

Markus Palenberg

Evaluation Team Leader

Markus works as researcher, evaluator and consultant. His research focuses on evaluation methodology such as tools for efficiency analysis, the concept of results chains and the principal-agent dilemma.As evaluator, he conducts theory-based evaluations of complex interventions, for example of global programs and public-private development partnerships. Markus also consults programs and networks on impact strategies, internal governance arrangements and M&E systems. Over the last ten years, Markus has conducted more than thirty research and consulting assignments in the public and private sector, including eight global program evaluations. Markus regularly serves as peer reviewer of research publications and advisor during initial program design. Markus also served as Team Leader for the evalaution of CRP on Forests, Trees, and Agroforestry, conducted in 2014.

Paul Thangata

Evaluation Team Member

Paul Thangata has extensive experience in project management and implementation, evaluations, policy analysis, institutional development, designing strategic and operational plans for agricultural institutions. From 2008 to 2012, Paul was a Research Fellow with IFPRI based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he conducted policy and capacity development research on organizational efficiency and effectiveness of agricultural R&D institutions. Before this he was the Agricultural Economist (based in Botswana) for the SADC Secretariat’s SADC MAPP program and the creation of the Centre for Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CARDESA, now CCARDESA). Paul previously worked at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), based in Zimbabwe, where he coordinated the economics of Gender and HIV/AIDS and scaling up strategies for SADC regional projects. While with ICRISAT in Malawi (1992–‐1995), Paul was instrumental in the scaling up of new groundnut varieties and the promotion of income generating activities to reduce malnutrition, especially in female-‐headed households and other vulnerable groups. From 1988–‐1992, Paul worked with Malawi’s Department of Agricultural Research, where he conducted research in genetic and agronomic evaluation of rice, sorghum and millet. Paul is a Malawi national and holds a Ph.D from the University of Florida, Gainesville, USA, and an M.S. degree in Rural Development from Edinburgh University, Scotland.

Ganesh Rauniyar

Evaluation Team Member

Ganesh Rauniyar is an independent evaluator based in Manila, the Philippines. He provides research and consulting services to bilateral and multilateral development organizations. In 2015, he led a mid-term and a final project evaluation for International Labour Organization (ILO) in Bangladesh and Myanmar, respectively. Ganesh recently led and completed an impact study of rural access improvement support for United Nations Project Services (UNOPS) implemented and SIDA supported project in Afghanistan. He is currently involved in a cost study for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) in the Philippines and extending technical support to Lao PDR’s Chairmanship of the 2016 ASEAN through ILO’s Decent Work Promotion-Transition to the Formal Economy. Ganesh worked as a Principal Evaluation Specialist for the Independent Evaluation Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila from 2006 to 2015 and as an Evaluation Officer for the Evaluation and Oversight Unit of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Nairobi from 2005-2006. Prior to that, he was a Senior Lecturer and a Postgraduate Coordinator (international rural development) at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand from 1994-2005, where is conducted contract research in biosecurity for the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry (MAF) and New Zealand Foundation for Research, Science and Technology (FoRST). Ganesh has 24 years of evaluation experience in Africa, Asia, North America and Oceania. He is a leader in delivering evaluation capacity development programmes and conducting, supervising and managing independent projects, programs, thematic, cross-sector, impact, and corporate evaluations. He has led and served as a team member of multidisciplinary teams and in multicultural environment covering agricultural policy, environment, agriculture and natural resources, rural electrification, water supply and sanitation, environment, and health. He has provided consulting services to ADB, FAO, IFAD, ILO, MCA-P/MCC, NZAID, UNDP, UNEP, UNOPS, USAID, and the World Bank. Ganesh obtained his PhD in Agricultural Economics from the Pennsylvania State University, USA with specialization in agricultural technology adoption. He has published more than 60 articles covering evaluation, biosecurity, technology adoption, rural development, and agribusiness topics.

Abdoul-Aziz Sy

Evaluation Team Member

Abdoul-Aziz Sy is an international consultant (agricultural research and capacity building specialist) from Senegal who has an academic background in crop sciences and did his PhD at the Institut National Polytechnique, Toulouse, France. He has worked on consultancies for the World Bank and FAO, among other agencies. He has been involved in evaluations of a range of agricultural and science & technology programs and activities, mostly in Africa and including rice research and adoption. In the 1990s he worked at WARDA as Principal Plant Pathologist.

Thematic and Regional Experts

The evaluation team is supported by a group of thematic and regional experts that have been identified after a public international application and search process to reflect in-depth expertise on a number of specific issues. These experts will author issue papers on subjects identified by the evaluation team and also be available for discussions with the team.