One CGIAR – a unified vision – ICRISAT

One CGIAR – a unified vision

ICRISAT is one of the 14 research centers that form the CGIAR. We are excited to announce that we are undergoing a reform to strengthen our collaborations and alignments to become what is currently called ‘One CGIAR’.

Executive Management Team presentation to all staff (23 Sept 2020)

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Latest message from the Director General – Dr Jacqueline d’A Hughes

(Last updated August 2020)

The One CGIAR is coming close to the date of its formal launch on 1 October 2020. The Funders recognize that the greatest assets of the CGIAR are its talented people, its partnerships, its global presence, and its record of impact. We understand that our work can have even greater value if the CGIAR’s entities come together as the One CGIAR. The One CGIAR will be more effective and efficient, enabling our research teams to deliver better and to have greater impact in responding to the challenges we face globally, both now and in the future.  Some additional information on the One CGIAR is in the attachment.

Under the One CGIAR, each Center/Alliance will still be a legal entity in its own right, but our Governing Board will have signed an agreement with the CGIAR that we will be part of the One CGIAR. This means agreeing to be under its overall management and governance.

The CGIAR System Office is conducting information sessions about the One CGIAR – please see the invitation below.

This will be a momentous time in our history. Change always comes with some difficulties, but the benefits and new opportunities will far outweigh this. We will need a team effort and I look forward to leading ICRISAT as we become a strong partner in the One CGIAR.

Under the One CGIAR, each Research Center/Alliance will still be an independent legal entity, but our Governing Board will have signed an agreement with the CGIAR to make ICRISAT part of the One CGIAR. This means agreeing to be under its overall management and governance.

This will be a momentous time in our history. Change always comes with some difficulties, but the benefits and new opportunities will far outweigh this. We will need a team effort and I look forward to leading ICRISAT as we become a strong partner in the One CGIAR.

Summary of the transition to One CGIAR

(Last updated September 2020)

Transition to the One CGIAR

The Transition to the One CGIAR is still under development with many changes still to be decided or implemented.  As the details are addressed there is still some flexibility and issues being identified and new opportunities being created.

Why a One-CGIAR is being created

In a more globalized competitive environment, it is a reality that organizations need to continually strive for maximum efficiency and need to have scale as well as be a major player to have large impact.

The CGIAR has recognized this and over the decades have implemented a range of structural changes and initiatives. It has been recognized that the changes to date still have the CGIAR as a fragmented alliance not fully able to capitalize on its strengths and potential efficiencies.

As a result a major rethink and restructuring in in place to create a true One-CGIAR. All CGIAR Center Boards are signing on to this new working model.

Key advantages

One CGIAR bring a number of significant advantages including:

  • More funding and pooled funding: Donors and funders have endorsed the ambition to increase funding to an aligned One CGIAR and to provide core pooled funding and multi-year commitments. The targets are to double funding and reach 50% pooled funding with 3-year commitments by 2022 and 70% pooled funding by 2024. If successful in bringing in this ambitious level of funding, our scientists will be able to spend less time on fundraising and more time on research. There will be increased funding and more pooled funding. However, bilateral funding will remain important, subject to clear One CGIAR business rules and reporting standards;
  • Efficiency gainswill be made through common systems and shared practices and resources across the corporate and scientific areas;
  • Stronger positioning and recognition of the One CGIAR globally. One CGIAR will allow for more opportunities to take a role in global fora and significantly increase visibility with unified branding; and
  • Ultimately better impact on the ground and fulfilling our mission. As One CGIAR, we will have better access to all the CGIAR resources – skills and expertise, partnerships and connections. Combining these resources will allow our research for development to be more holistic, minimize duplication, have a stronger systems approach and to be more impactful.

New management structure and governance

This will include:

Governing Board: The last ICRISAT Governing Board meeting with its current Board members and structure will be held in September 2020 and the new Center Board will come into place on 1 October. The new Center Board will have the same three ex officio members from the Government of India and one current Governing Board member, as well as four other current Board members continuing as observers to help with the historical and deeper understanding of ICRISAT.

The other eight Center Board members will be the CGIAR Common Board members who will therefore assure that common vision, common processes and common support is enabled across all the Centers. The common Board members, announced in August 2020 and appointed for a term of 3 years or until a successor is appointed, are (alphabetically by given name):

  1. Alice Ruhweza, Africa Regional Director, World Wildlife Fund
  2. Alyssa Jade MacDonald-Baertl, Founder, Blyss GmbH
  3. Hilary Wild, Member of the: CGIAR System Management Board, ICARDA Board, and Bioversity/CIAT Alliance Board
  4. Ismahane Elouafi, Director General, International Center for Biosaline Agriculture and Member of the IFPRI Board
  5. Marco Ferroni, Chair, CGIAR System Management Board
  6. Neal Gutterson, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Corteva Agriscience (retiring)
  7. Patrick Caron, Vice President – International Affairs, University of Montpellier
  8. Shenggen Fan, Chair Professor, China Agricultural University

Executive Management Team: A CGIAR Executive Management Team has been created for the whole CGIAR. This consists of three Managing Directors each with different functional responsibilities:

  • Claudia Sadoff as Executive Management Team Convener and Managing Director, Research Delivery and Impact
  • Elwyn Grainger-Jones as Managing Director, Institutional Strategy and Systems
  • Kundhavi Kadiresan as Managing Director, Global Engagement and Innovation

Letter from EMT to all staff (24 Sept 2020)   

New initiatives

Some initiatives that will be possible through the One CGIAR include:

  • One CGIAR engagement model focusing on country strategies for providing a one-stop shop for national stakeholders;
  • A 2030 One CGIAR Research Strategy prepared and submitted for approval by the System Council by the end of 2020. Research for development by Centers will align with this research strategy and be subject to One CGIAR policies and standards; and
  • An Annual Consultative Forum will be conducted which will be an important platform for host and partner countries to shape One CGIAR’s global direction and connect with partners across regions.

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