18) ICRISAT earns its second ‘Outstanding’ rating

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has been rated “Outstanding” based on the performance-linked measurements of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), for the second year in a row.

The ‘Outstanding’ rating recognizes ICRISAT’s good science, great impacts, institutional health and financial health. It places ICRISAT’s performance on top of the 15 international agricultural research institutes that are members of the CGIAR.

According to the Director General of ICRISAT, Dr William D Dar, the second consecutive ‘Outstanding’ rating is a manifestation that ICRISAT is in tune with the changing institutional context and task environment in pursuing its mission of helping bring about pro-poor growth and sustainable development in the semi-arid tropics of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr Dar dedicated this success to the poor farmers and poor people in the dry tropics of the world. “Our commitment to delivering results that are profound and superior led to this reward,” he said.

The CGIAR Performance Measurement (PM) System is a regular annual feature in the CGIAR monitoring and evaluation system. Performance is measured along three dimensions – results, potential to perform and stakeholder perceptions. The PM system provides Centers with a method to better understand their own performance and demonstrate accountability.

The significant indicators that contributed to ICRISAT’s outstanding rating are:

1.Results – outputs, outcomes and impact:

  • Output targets achieved 98% (49 out of 50)
  • Outcomes assessment 7.80 (scale 1-10)
  • Center commitment to document impacts 7.30 (scale 1-10)
  • Overall impact assessment performance 8.55 (scale 1-10)

2.Potential to perform – quality and relevance of research:

  • Peer-reviewed publications 3.10 per scientist
  • Publications with developed country partners 49%

3. Institutional health – governance, culture of learning and change, diversity:

Financial health – short-term solvency, long-term financial stability and efficiency of operations:

  • Short-term solvency (liquidity) in days 206 (range 90-120)
  • Long-term financial stability in days 148 (range 75-90)
  • Efficiency of operations (indirect cost ratio) 23 (out of 30)

The CGIAR Performance Measurement System is also used as an input in CGIAR member fund allocation decisions. The present assessment of ICRISAT results in an additional $1.10 million annual allocation from the World Bank over their base allocation of $0.98 million for ICRISAT, bringing the total to $2.08 million. The World Bank is one of the donors to ICRISAT.

Since 2000, ICRISAT has been able to steadily strengthen its ability to increase donor funding for the Institute. In the last five years the Institute has consistently registered a budgetary surplus. ICRISAT’s gross revenue grew from US$24.2 million in 2003 to US$ 42.1 million in 2007.

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