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 drew to the extent possible on the findings of the completed CRP evaluations relating to partnerships (2013-2015), on the recent Guidance paper by the ISPC on “Good practice in AR4D partnership” (2015), on the CGIAR Stakeholders Perception Survey conducted by the Consortium Office (2012) and work conducted by the Institutional Learning and Change Initiative (ILAC), which includes CRP network mapping.

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.

A video summarizing the findings and recommendations from the evaluation of Partnerships in CGIAR can be found below:

The Team

Anni Mcleod

Evaluation Team Leader

Anni is a livestock economist with extensive experience in research strategy, planning and management. She has a PhD on Modelling the epidemiology of infectious animal diseases from The University of Reading, UK. Anni has worked for 30 years with governments, international agencies and research systems worldwide. For seven years Anni was the Senior Livestock Policy Officer in the Animal Production and Health Division of FAO, she also contributed to FAO’s culture change initiative and to the strategy for the gender programme. For four years she was based at the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute as leader of the socio-economics skills group for a DFID-funded project. Recently Anni was the team leader in the IEA commissioned evaluation of the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish.

Paul Teng

Evaluation Team Member

Paul is Professor and Dean of the Graduate Studies and Professional Learning at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He has a PhD on Agricultural microbiology/System research from University of Canterbury in New Zealand. In early 2000 he was DDG of Reach at the World Fish Center and previous to that worked for Monsanto as Asia-Pacific Vice President on Public Affairs and Asia-Pacific Director on Science & Technology. In 1990s he was at IRRI as Program leader on cross-ecosystems research. He has participated in several boards, advisory bodies and reviews on S&T. Recently Paul was a team member in the IEA commissioned evaluation of the CGIAR Research Program on Global Rice Science Partnership (GRisP).

Julio Berdegue Sancristan

Evaluation Team Member

Julio is Principal Researcher at Rimisp-Latin American Center for Rural Development, Santiago, Chile. He holds a Ph.D. in Social Science from Wageningen University, The Netherlands. Julio has published extensively on different aspects of rural development, including on territorial development, rural non-farm employment, the role of small and medium cities in rural development, and the changing structures of agri-food and rural markets. He has worked as a consultant for international bodies such as the World Bank, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Inter-American Development Bank, FAO; research and higher education establishments in the US and Europe; and for Latin American governments and small farmer economic organisations. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Agricultural Economics Journal.