Collective action in CGIAR capacity development


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Poster by Purvi Mehta-Bhatt, Julius Nyangaga and Jan Beniest for the International Conference on Innovations in Extension and Advisory Services, Nairobi, 15-18 November 2011.

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Collective action in CGIAR capacity development

  1. 1. Collective Action in CGIAR Capacity Development Purvi Mehta -Bhatt, Julius Nyangaga and Jan Beniest A Project Implemented by the Capacity Development Unit of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) International Conference on Innovations in Extension and Advisory Services, Nairobi, 15-18 November 2011Introduction Outcomes, FindingsILRI with other CGIAR Centers, partnersin eastern and southern Africa and the From Desk Study From Stakeholder Meetings andRegional Plan for Collective Action inEastern and Southern Africa conducted and e-Consultations Consultationsa study on collective action in capacitydevelopment. Forum discussed past, Successful inter-Centre collaboration occurs when: Advantages of collaborating with CGIAR Centerspresent and future collaboration within in capacity developmentthe CGIAR, strengths, weaknesses, Process is integrated in research and linked to an Links to network of excellence and donoropportunities, limitations. The overall results framework communityoutcome aimed to contribute to the Process is driven by partner demandson-going CGIAR reform and Process provides a clear and quantifiable benefit for Great contribution to individual trainings:implementation of Consortium participating Centers fellowships, attachments and thesis researchRegional Projects (CRPs). There is sustained funding for longer term efforts The project activity involved Efforts are demonstrated and documented to Limitations to collaborating with CGIAR Centers enable championing at high levels of the CGIAR in capacity development ILRI, 11 other CGIAR Centers, Accessibility international, regional and Factors inhibiting inter-Centre collaboration Demand exceeds what Centers can provide national institutions with interest in capacity development Centers focus on own agenda and not on Personalities interest and needs of partners and rural in agricultural research for Inter-personal relationships and conflicts communities development Involving too many centers when not necessary Expensive to work with Inadequate commitment/championingMethodology Centers prefer to work with stronger national partners at expense of weaker ones who need1. Desk Study On the CGIAR Research Programs: capacity development even more2. E-Consultation with CG Centers3. Stakeholder meetings in Kenya and Confusion and questions how CRPs will deal with Mozambique Capacity Development at individual and collaborative levels Limited strategy on inter-Centre collaborative plans Centers critical of proposed ‘dedicated network’ approach and in favor of more formal mechanism for a specialized unit as think tank for CGIAR on capacity development and related collaboration Suggestions Use of emerging innovative trends Learning alliances and strategies: Linking capacity development to innovation systems and value Joint research and capacity development projects that chain functioning address learning needs and inequalities among partners Forming regional alliances on thematic subjects Long term perspectives that allow development of critical Participatory learning mass of national partners Strengthening learning institutions Mobilizing resources for partners Using advances in ICT/KM and e-learning