CGIAR Mid Term Meeting, New Delhi, May 23-27, 1994: Summary of Proceedings and Decisions
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Summary report of the mid-term meeting of the CGIAR held in New Delhi, India, May 23-27, 1994, chaired by Ismail Serageldin. The meeting was opened by representatives of the Indian Government, including Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao. The meeting was held against the background of a significant CGIAR financial crisis. The Group approved proposals made by the Chairman in his opening address for an 18 month plan of action, including a high level international conference in January 1995. Emphasis was placed on changes in governance that would result in predictability, transparency, and accountability. The Chairman announced a special additional World Bank grant of $20 million to match (on a 1 for 2 ratio) additional funds from other donors for CGIAR core programs in 1994/1995.After reviewing several forward looking documents, the Group decided to approve a vision statement at ICW94 as a basic document for the high level conference. Discussion of Oversight Committee reports on governance and organization resulted in the creation of a 15 member Steering Committee, composed of the continuing Oversight and Finance Committees. The Group decided to move over two years to a matrix framework for CGIAR programs. Contributions from other donors for activities within the matrix would draw 15% matching funds from the World Bank.There were several decisions on genetic resources policy, and their management, based on a stripe review. An Oversight Committee study of policy towards Eastern Europe and the Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union was approved. The report of the Task Force to follow up on Agenda 21 was considered and acted upon. The Rockefeller Foundation reported that final proposals for the new livestock center (ILRI) would be ready at ICW94.Annexes: Agenda, Chairman's Opening Address; Report on a Workshop on Rainfed Farming in Asia; Lists of Documents and Participants.