Report of the First External Review of the System-Wide Programme on Collective Action and Property Rights (CAPRI)
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The review was commissioned by the interim Science Council and chaired by John Bruce, from the World Bank. A small Panel of three persons, which met for two days while the rest of the work was carried out virtually, conducted the review. The Panel Report was considered by the interim Science Council at its 83rd meeting held at FAO/IPGRI, Headquarters in Rome, August 2002. The Report was discussed in the presence of CAPRi Coordinator,Ruth Meinzen-Dick and the then Director General of IFPRI, Per Pinstrup- Andersen.The Panel report is accompanied by two attachments. The first contains the iSC commentary, which summarises iSC’s views onthe Panel report and on the joint response of CAPRi Steering Committee and IFPRI’s management. The report states that CAPRi has been an effective and productive programme considering its small funding base. The programme successfully managed competitive grants employing an independent peer review mechanism. Also, CAPRi developed a conceptual framework which shows how property rights and collective action affect the adoption of agricultural technologies and natural resource management practices.The iSC agrees with CAPRi’s decision not to aspire to become a Challenge Programme. Nevertheless, CAPRi is expected to contribute in several of the prospective Challenge Programmes. The Review Panel concluded in this report that CAPRi’s thematic foci are highly relevant to the CGIAR’s goals of sustainably increasing production through technology adoption. Furthermore, the strategies, criteria and instruments used to implement its activities have worked efficiently with low transaction costs. Two ingredients for CAPRi’s success have been transparency and participation. This report was discussed during the business meeting at AGM02.