Report of the CBC/CDC Retreat, the Hague, 2-3 September 2000: Towards a Federation of Centers
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Documents related to a retreat held by the Center Board Chairs (CBC) and Center Directors Committee (CDC) at ISNAR. The Hague, September 2-3, 2000 to consider organizational, structural and management issues arising from the new vision of the CGIAR. Included are a report of the retreat with two attachments: a draft code of conduct, and a full response from the centers to TAC's seven planks. There is also a further document not mentioned in the table of contents, beginning at page 40. It is a diagnosis of the motivations for change. The document identifies objectives for change, examines ten possible organizational models, and discusses those considered relevant to what the centers do and with whom.The introduction describes this package as work in progress, not representing a full consensus among the centers. The report does, however, recommend consideration of a Federation of Centers, to be composed of Centers, a Federation Office, and a small administrative staff. Some of the functions proposed for the Federation would be transferred from the organs of the CGIAR, not only from the centers. The report reflects agreement among the center board chairs and directors on a schedule of next steps leading to the first meeting of the board of the Federation by the end of 2001.This package was circulated broadly and submitted to TAC 79 and the Synthesis Group for its meeting in Sonning, UK in early October 2000. It was a background document for the report of the Synthesis Group to CGIAR ICW 2000.