Evaluation of the CGIAR Gender Platform, towards GDI-Responsive Evaluation Guidelines

This side event engaged a multi-stakeholder audience in learning from the evaluation of the CGIAR GENDER Platform (GP) and discussed activities in CGIAR’s multi-year evaluation plan related to gender-responsive evaluation. The event took place in Rabat, Morocco, on October 19, 2023. The aim was to facilitate the use of evaluative evidence supporting CGIAR’s goal to positively impact gender equality, opportunities for youth and advance social inclusion in agriculture and food systems. 

The side event explored:

  • contextual and methodological insights and results from the GENDER Platform Evaluation and forthcoming GDI-Responsive Evaluation Guideline. 
  • synergies between ex ante proposal reviews and process & performance evaluations in CGIAR. 
  • the practical application of evaluative learning in shaping the CGIAR portfolio review.  
  • CGIAR’s efforts to advance gender equality and social inclusion within agricultural Research for Development (R4D).  



12:00 – 12:05

Welcome and Introduction

Svetlana Negroustoueva, Lead, Evaluation Function of CGIAR IAES and event moderator

12:05 – 12:10

Reflections Statement from “Friends of Gender” – Content and use of Evaluative Evidence

Stefan Kachelriess-Matthess, Project Manager, Fund International Agriculture, GIZ

12:10 – 12:15

Opening Statement

Connection to Quality of R4D and Independent Advising in a Time of Change

Allison Grove Smith, Director, CGIAR IAES

12:15 – 12:30

GENDER Platform Evaluation (GPE) - Methodological and Evidence Highlight

Tanya Stathers, GPE team member: Natural Resources Institute (NRI), University of Greenwich

Donna Podems, GPE Team Leader & Senior Research Fellow, Stellenbosch University

Svetlana Negroustoueva, Lead, Evaluation Function of IAES

CGIAR Evaluation Guidelines: Development and Consultations on  GDI-Responsive Evaluations  and Management Engagement and Response Guidelines (SC19 pre-read)

12:30 – 12:40

GENDER Platform Evaluation - Management Response

Johan Swinnen, Managing Director of Systems Transformation, CGIAR, and Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Nicoline de Haan, Director, CGIAR GENDER Platform

12:40 – 12:50

Questions and Answers from the Audience

Facilitated by Svetlana Negroustoueva, CGIAR IAES Evaluation Function Lead

Launch of Session Survey

12:50 – 13:00

Reflection and Closing Remarks

Nompumelelo H. Obokoh, Vice Chair, ISDC

Vicki Wilde, Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Andrew Campbell, Interim Executive Managing Director, CGIAR