In 2018, capacity building initiatives across the CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) and Platforms continued to play a crucial role in a range of activities. These encompassed training programs for a range of stakeholders; the production and dissemination of tools and manuals; guidance on, and support for institutional and organizational changes and improvements; and support for improved practices and methods.
An increased mix of digital approaches to capacity development was evident, with blended learning and digital and online resources and tools important components of capacity development initiatives. Engagement with governments, NGOs and the private sector was also included in numerous capacity development programs, as well as support and mentorship for young people.
PIM 2018 annual report
Support for PhD students was also integral to capacity development activities. Table 12 presents an overview of the number of PhD students supported as part of CGIAR capacity development efforts, as an example of support for the next generation of research leaders in agricultural research and science.
A4NH 2018 annual report
People Trained by CGIAR
In 2018, a total of 1,016,814 people were trained by the CGIAR, from which 1,012,972 were trained in short-term courses, with 48% of these being women. There were 3,842 people involved in long-term training courses (39% were women), including 545 PhD students. CCAFS reported in their annual report that “in 2018, more than 700,000 participants benefitted from capacity development activities, with a focus on UNFCCC processes.” As an example, CCAFS provided training on nationally determined contributions (NDCs) in Africa (CCAFS, 2018).
Table 9 presents an overview of the number of people trained by CGIAR in 2018.
RTB 2018 annual report