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Governance and management of the CGIAR Centers, Volume 1
Author:Ozgediz, Selcuk; Date Stored:2002/09/12
Document Date:1991/10/31Document Type:Publication
SubTopics:Agricultural Research; Crops and Crop Management Systems; Health Monitoring & Evaluation; Agricultural Knowledge and Information Systems; ICT Policy and StrategiesISBN:ISBN 0-8213-1848-9
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:Agriculture, fishing, and forestry
Report Number:CGR27Sub Sectors:(Historic)Agricultural extension
Collection Title:Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research study paper ; no. CGR 27Volume No:1

Summary: The CGIAR is a unique and successful institutional innovation in international agricultural research and development. The focus of this paper is on the management effectiveness of the CGIAR centers. The overall center effectiveness is not emphasized. Instead, the information and processes used to analyze this information are specifically detailed. The primary sources of information for these processes are the External Management Review (EMR) reports. The main business of the centers is research. To be successful, they need an institutional environment conducive to innovation and creativity. Coordination and communication structures and management practices need to reinforce the conduct of innovative agricultural research. The CGIAR centers are international institutions operating in many developing countries and are staffed by persons with different cultural backgrounds. This introduces complexities in managing people and coordinating activities. Guidance and leadership play an important role in integrating these diversities. This paper serves as a reference document on recent management practices by analyzing across the system center strengths, weaknesses, challenges and opportunities. This reflects a concern for the accountability of each center for results as well as efficiency in the use of donor funds. The centers are required to demonstrate to donors their program and management effectiveness.

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