TAC's Views on Implications of the New CGIAR Vision and Strategy for Structure and Governance
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TAC assessment of changes in the organization, structure and governance required to accommodate the new CGIAR vision and strategy approved at MTM 2000. Two key organizing principles were: research focused on poverty reduction should primarily be organized on regional lines, and the CGIAR should be strategically placed to take full advantage of advances in science. An experimental approach to regional program management is recommended. Task forces, rather than new institutions, are suggested to tackle cross-cutting problems of poverty and mobilizing modern science.For each CGIAR program output, TAC suggests the appropriate organizational structure. It covers germplasm collections, germplasm improvement for crops, livestock, and fisheries, natural resources management, socioeconomic and policy research, and enhancing institutions. Fisheries, for example, requires a stand alone institution, whereas policy research should be devolved to the regional level.TAC comments on three aspects of governance. It rejects the EIARD proposal of a single, centrally managed CGIAR research facility for germplasm conservation and strategic research. TAC agrees with some aspects of the CBC/CDC proposal for a federation of centers, but not with others. The Committee sees a continuing need for independent external advice and discusses the possible evolution of its own role.Under the heading of finance, TAC recommends an increase in funds available for core programs of centers, a competitive mechanism to provide funding on the basis of scientific quality, and provision of finance for systemwide governance mechanisms and activities.This paper was initiated at TAC 79 in September 2000, and completed for the meeting of the Synthesis Group in Sonning, UK, in October 2000. It was distributed at the CGIAR meeting later that month as background to the discussion of the Synthesis Group report.