In preparation for a second phase of CGIAR Research Programs, the CGIAR Consortium is proposing to make the research programs more integrated so as to more effectively contribute to the objectives and targets set by the CGIAR Strategy and Results Framework. How? Through a pilot process termed ‘site integration’: the improvement of intra-CGIAR coordination and collaboration in a selected set of countries and regions.
Site Integration plans will bring together the work of CGIAR Centres and programs in key countries where CGIAR innovations are expected to reach millions of people and achieve research outcomes at scale. In the quest to enhance significant impacts of the research-for-development investment in the country, through site integration, CGIAR activities and research-for-development objectives will be integrated with those of Uganda and linked with the Sustainable Development Goals.
Bioversity International and International Potato Center International Potato Center (CIP) led the establishment of a Steering Committee from Uganda-based CGIAR representatives (Bioversity International, CIAT, CIP, ICRAF, IFPRI, IITA, ILRI and IWMI) which will spearhead the site integration process in Uganda . I’m thrilled that in Uganda the process of integration has begun and will continue, thanks to the tremendous support thus far given by the Centres and the national partners alike.
All eight CGIAR centres and their stakeholders and partners involved in this exercise participated in the stakeholder workshop of March 9, 2016 endorsed the Consortium Office recommendations; they agreed that “integrating our activities and aligning our strategic objectives with those of our host country is a noble task”. This however will require that the CGIAR and Uganda will subscribe to the same vision, mission and strategic objectives that are subtended by a robust Monitoring and Evaluation plan.
A costed business proposal would be needed to accomplish ‘site integration’ in Uganda. It was recommended that more partners should be engaged from the non-agricultural sectors, including environment, gender and education and associated policy institutions.
We will need critical financial support to address pool services, including information sharing or other benefits for their members and beneficiaries.
By Eldad Karamura, Senior Scientist/Regional Representative, Eastern and Southern Africa
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