The New CGIAR – TMT Journal Upates

Last month, saw a lot of update from the Transition Management Team (TMT) on the new CGIAR.

The CGIAR chair Katherine Sierra reported on a meeting of the Executive Council at CIAT in Cali, Colombia, which assessed progress in implementing the reforms agreed to by the CGIAR Members at the Annual General Meeting in Maputo last December. She said that ExCo expressed support for the work to date in broad terms and provided a “green light” to continue with the transition process. At the same time, the Members flagged several issues that will require more analysis and discussion to resolve.

ExCo’s Assessment of Progress to Date – Summary

1. Consortium constitution – report clearly demonstrated the Centers growing commitment to the new Consortium as a means to achieve great development results.

2. Strategy and Results Framework and Mega Programs – also demonstrated the Centers’ growing enthusiasm about the reform process leading to a cohesive results-oriented research program.

3. New Fund – ExCo confirmed that we are on track with some remaining issues to be worked out around the composition of the Fund Council and Funders Forum, the role of the Independent Science and Partnerships Council and what the donor agreements with the Fund and performance contracts will look like.

4. Accountability framework – developing in the right direction. We are striving to identify the minimum set of tools that will combine clear accountability at both the program and systemwide levels with managerial simplicity.

For more on this report and also update from Ren Wang, Director CGIAR visit CGIAR Change Management blog on

Mega Programs

Contribution from John McDermott, Deputy Director General, ILRI on Lessons Learned from Developing Mega Program “Mock-Ups”. In a brief, he reported that in developing the three mock-ups each mock-up modeled a different type of mega program: (1) thematic   (improving the resilience of agricultural systems); (2) commodity-based (roots and tubers); and (3) regional (policies in sub-Saharan Africa)

To read more on this, click on the below link.

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