The Executive Management Team (EMT) requested the Independent Science for Development Council (ISDC) to comment on the preliminary set of Research Initiatives. The rapid evolution of the Investment Plan presents limited information and time to review. Therefore, this document provides brief reflections that used additional information such as material from the 12th CGIAR System Council Meeting and learnings shared from the ISDC Investment Advisory Group (IAG) members. ISDC also drew on issues raised during discussions with System Council members in early March.

ISDC’s response is largely framed as questions to EMT to ensure important aspects of the Research Initiatives (or the Portfolio) will be considered in the draft of the 2022-24 Investment Plan. The questions do not necessarily indicate a deficiency in the Portfolio; they are simply a reflection of the limited information available.