Attendees: ISDC, IAES, Senior Leadership Team, DDG Research, CRP Leads, Platform Leads, incoming Initiative Leads and Deputies

Background: For years, CGIAR stakeholders have sought to define the System's comparative advantage (CA). ISDC aims at putting the concept of CA to effective use in research portfolio management at all levels within CGIAR, now that the One CGIAR structure makes portfolio approaches possible and especially salient. Built on the 2022 Concept Note Some Reflections on Comparative Advantage as it applies to CGIAR, ISDC attempts to develop a CA framework to be used in the future stage-gating of Initiatives and for vetting new or revised Initiative proposals. The framework should enable CGIAR funders, research managers and scientists to assess if and where CA exists, as well as where it might be desirable to invest in establishing CA where it does not presently exist.

Aim of the Workshop:

  • To exchange with targeted CGIAR senior research leaders on a CA framework for One CGIAR
  • To surface ideas, concerns, and current practices
  • To elicit suggestions and supporting material for testing the CA framework (i.e., which CRP or similar CGIAR research venture to serve as trial applications)