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CGIAR at 50 – Evolution, Reforms, Reflections

March 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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A presentation by the Agriculture and Rural Development Thematic Group


The event will present a graphic overview of the 50 years, focusing on multiple parameters including, centers, donors and finance. Evolution of the mission of the CGIAR will be described illustrating its increasing complexity. The leadership role the World Bank and the Technical Advisory Committee have played during the initial decades will be shown, along with the changing leadership roles over the decades. Governance principles for the first forty years will be compared with those for the last decade. System reform efforts throughout the 50 years will be described along with reasons for their success/failure. The presentation will conclude with observations on the future of the System.



Selçuk Özgediz served as Management Adviser at the CGIAR Secretariat and led the Secretariat’s Governance and Partnerships Team. Prior to CGIAR he served as a member of the World Bank’s World Development Report core team, carrying out research on the management of public service in developing countries. Before joining the Bank, Özgediz was Assistant Professor at Bogazici University, Istanbul, where he taught public policy, research methods, and statistics. He studied Economics at Middle East Technical University (Ankara) and Mathematical Statistics (MS) and Political Science (MA, PhD) at Michigan State University. Among others, he is the author of CGIAR at 40—Institutional Evolution of the World’s Premier Agricultural Research Network (2012).

Karen Brooks served as Director, CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets, led by IFPRI from 2012-2018. Prior to that she worked for 22 years at the World Bank, in the agricultural policy unit of the Center and in operational units of the ECA and Africa Regions. She holds a PhD in economics from The University of Chicago and began her professional career on the faculty of the Department of Applied Economics at The University of Minnesota. She has published in the areas of agricultural policy in transition economies and youth employment issues in Africa. She is currently adjunct professor in the Global Human Development Program at Georgetown University.


Moderator: Kevin Cleaver – Chair, ARD TG

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March 16
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


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The 1818 Society Agriculture and Rural Development TG