CTA in 1999: Responding to demand, establishing new partnerships
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CTA. 2000. CTA in 1999: Responding to demand, establishing new partnerships. Spore 87. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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In his introduction to the CTA Annual Report for 1999, the then Director, Dr R D Cooke, lays great emphasis on 'the need to ensure that information services are demand-driven', alongside the 'the need to increase support for localised, or...
In his introduction to the CTA Annual Report for 1999, the then Director, Dr R D Cooke, lays great emphasis on 'the need to ensure that information services are demand-driven', alongside the 'the need to increase support for localised, or de-centralised, services which serve specific communities or sub-sectors'. With these opening remarks, the scene is set for an informative overview of the Centre s activities and the way they have evolved as a consequence of the transformations that were anticipated in the Centre s Mid-Term Plan for the period 1997 2000. Many of these transformations, which will be further built upon in a second strategic planning exercise for the period 2001 2005, are best expressed in the consolidated growth of a partnership approach throughout the organisation. As well as the proactive approach of CTA s Information Policies and Partnerships Department, which develops new models of partnership with public and non-public bodies throughout the ACP regions, other departments are working along similar lines. The Publications and Dissemination Department is working on, for example, new serial co-publications with new and existing partners. In this, ACP participation is a basic requirement and closer links are being developed with ACP authors and publishers. The growing participation of ACP writers and editors in Spore is another example of this trend. Of the 75,500 publications distributed by CTA in 1999, almost 70,000 were sent in response to specific requests. This is the highest ever share of an ever growing volume of information made available by CTA to its subscribers who now total 25,000 and partners. The continuing decentralisation of many CTA activities is witnessed by the relative growth in participation of CTA-sponsored delegates in seminars held in ACP countries. In all, 233 participants were supported by the Studies and Seminars Department to attend 37 seminars, of which three-quarters were held in ACP countries, an increase from two-thirds in 1998. And most of the 10 co-seminars organised by CTA in cooperation with various partners were held in ACP countries. Likewise, the bulk of training events was ACP-based, with more than 250 people attending 17 courses in information and communication management (ICM). Increasingly, the training opportunities supported by the Information and Capacity Development Department are integrated with other CTA services. Organisations participating in courses on the use of the World Wide Web for agricultural information are also offered space on the CTA website, or are linked to other departments work on, for example, market information services. Each activity, event, study, seminar and publication undertaken in 1999 is described in a nutshell. The report also carries detailed statistics, including the one that many Spore readers ask about: CTA s annual budget provided almost exclusively by the European Development Fund in 1999 was E 12.3 million, of which almost two-thirds was directly allocated to operational services and programmes. In this metric age, it is perhaps incorrect to talk of milestones , but this Annual Report provides the reader with a clear and comprehensive overview of a great many achievements, undertaken in partnership. CTA Annual Report 1999. CTA. 2000. 112 pp. ISBN 92 9081 2281. CTA number 977. Available free-of-charge from CTA. PDS subscribers, please use your publications order form.