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So – here comes the global solution based on an open partnership-based approach for coherence in (a) actions and (b) technologies. The identity for the partnership emerged in 2008 after two rather positive but inconclusive consultations in which the stakeholders realised that a new/neutral platform was needed that no one partner dominated.
The founding partners came together through a series of meetings in 2008 – and involves many of the principal agencies active in agricultural development in poorer countries. This core group of committed partners has since expanded to include many other key players.
NOTE: At this stage you can refer to the purple brochure that ideally everyone should have. The early meetings in 2008 recognized the need for a statement of strategic goals/purposes - that could be adopted at the POLICY level and that would hopefully lead to a universally acceptable landscape of PRACTICE /action(s). The way this Manifesto was developed will be described later in the presentation.
So - the vision statement was developed to focus on “access” to public goods derived from agricultural research. The other points are self explanatory.
The contributors to the initiative saw the need for a distinct tool to support the Manifesto – as a sort of benchmark against which institutions could judge how closely that are aligned with the CIARD Manifesto. This tool was dubbed the “Checklist”. It is very important that this list is not seen as a compliance tool – where institutions are required to adhere at all the elements before they can be somehow independently assessed and given a sort of ISO standard. There is no international CIARD certifying authority/entity. The Checklist simply allows institutions to assess their status in an informal way, and then prioritise and schedule actions over time according to local needs and resources in order to achieve those items with which are not yet fully in line. The text on the insert in the main brochure explains this very clearly.
The Advocacy Task Force comprises senior representatives of all the founding partners in the CIARD initiative, and representatives of other organizations that have shown interest. Membership is open to new institutions – recognizing the need to keep the size of the Task Force manageable and work where possible/relevant through representatives of constituencies. Early actions have focused on the development of the main components of the initiative, namely the Manifesto, Checklist and associated materials and resources. These tools were developed through a series of consultations in the second half of 2008 through the end of 2009 – mainly with the first group of stakeholders the Information Professionals. We are now focused on bringing this agenda to the all three groups – and we may find that the message has to be adapted to fit the different interests of the three groups.
The third of the Task Forces to be addressed here is the one handling Capacity Building. This Task Force has been the least well constituted of the three, and has essentially reverted to the Steering Group of the IMARK initiative, whose membership comprises some of the CIARD founding partners.
This new module launching in May 2010 is an updated version of the first two modules of IMARK – bringing together almost forty 40 minute lessons.
The CMTF actually predates the CIARD initiative – it was simply absorbed once the initiative was created. The Task Force currently comprises a small central group of “convenors” chosen to represent global regions and key constituencies. John Ferreira from Cornell Univ Mann Library was co-opted at the early stages and has remained a key member of the CMTF community. There is now a proposal to widen engagement in the CMTF. Actions in 2009 focused on three key areas which will now be considered in turn.
These are the other lessons that emerged from the Consultations in 2009/10.