Perspectives on Policy and Management Research in the CGIAR
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Report of a panel appointed by TAC to review the state of policy, management, and socioeconomic research in the CGIAR. The record also contains a transmittal from panel chairman, Alain de Janvry. Together with the related report of a panel on institution strengthening research and service this was the basis for a TAC recommendation on priorities and strategies in these areas made to the CGIAR at the meeting of May 1996. That recommendation and the other panel report are found in separate records. Commissioned at TAC 66 in March 1995, this report was discussed at TAC 67, 68 and 69.The panel provided an overview of center programs, and defined the boundaries, complementarities and optimal balance between socioeconomic research at various centers, and policy research at IFPRI and management research at ISNAR and IIMI. The report identified gaps and redundancies in the current portfolio, and made recommendations to improve coordination among centers. The panel analyzed demand for joint projects and systemwide initiatives, and recommended against a systemwide initiative in policy and management research. It considered the balance between research and institution-strengthening functions.The report closed with a number of recommendations for the reviews of IFPRI and ISNAR. There is an annex summarizing current programs of the centers.