2010 Vision and Strategy: Governance, Organization and Structure
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Report to ICW 2000 of the Synthesis Group convened by the CGIAR Oversight Committee following the mid-term meeting of the CGIAR in May 2000. The document also contains a transmittal from the officer in charge of the synthesis process, Andrew Bennett. Annex A describes the process followed. A two stage meeting was held in Sonning, UK, from October 4-7, 2000. A facilitated workshop of 25-30 stakeholders occupied the first two days. A smaller group then prepared this document setting out key options related to governance, organization and strategy for consideration at International Centers Week 2000. Six background papers, all in the collection, are listed. They provided inputs from TAC (two), the Finance Committee, the CBC/CDC, an open electronic conference, and the EIARD.The Group concluded that it would not be possible to implement the new agenda set forth in the TAC Vision Paper, respond to opportunities, or cope with pressures on resources, without making changes in organization and the way the CGIAR does business. The report listed both quick wins, primarily streamlining actions and improving decision making, and longer term transformations for CGIAR consideration. The sections cover:1. setting the research agenda, with emphasis on a regional, bottom-up approach;2. working together better by creating a central entity by and for the centers and possibly a more complete federation of centers sharing common functions;3. streamlining the decision making process, centers, TAC, and the two secretariats;4. the functions and modes of operation of TAC; and5. financial matters, proposing a high level meeting of donors.This document included an urgent timetable for action. It was the framework for much of the discussion at the CGIAR meeting in October 2000.