First External Programme and Management Review of ILRI
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First External Program and Management Review (EPMR) of ILRI, carried out between September 1998 and March 1999 by a panel chaired by Samuel Jutzi. The document also contains an excerpt from the report of the CGIAR 1999 Mid Term Meeting, a transmittal from the TAC Chair and CGIAR Executive Secretary, TAC's commentary, ILRI's response, and a transmittal from the review panel chair. The report was favorably reviewed by an ad hoc committee, whose report was adopted by the CGIAR.There was unanimous praise for the manner in which ILRAD and ILCA had been combined in 1995 into ILRI, with some aspects cited as models in case of future mergers. TAC suggested that the social science research at ILRI was not covered thoroughly, but the report was otherwise complete. It found ILRI's formal report incomplete. The CGIAR asked ILRI to make a report at ICW 1999 on progress in implementing the fourteen recommendations of the review and those of the ad hoc committee. The committee asked ILRI to communicate with CGIAR members and others engaged in livestock research to sharpen its answers to strategic issues concerning ILRI research. This corresponded with a panel recommendation that IFPRI sharpen its priorities, and focus on fewer areas to ensure scientific quality and increased impact. A Deputy Director General to oversee the research program was recommended, as part of a realignment of ILRI's research structure.The panel recommended a more proactive role for the board in the strategic planning area, and a sharper delineation of the line between board and management responsibilities. It also suggested that networks should emphasize collaborative research with NARS as opposed to capacity building.The report was an agenda document at TAC 76, and the CGIAR Mid-term meeting in May 1999.