Transition Consultation Forum

What is the Transition Consultation Forum?

The Transition Consultation Forum (TCF) was established in January 2020 at the invitation of the Chair of the CGIAR System Council as a discussion and consultation platform to provide multi-stakeholder input and advice on the transition to One CGIAR. 

One CGIAR refers to a future, more unified and integrated CGIAR, as set out in the recommendations of the System Reference Group (SRG) and endorsed by the CGIAR System Council at its 9th meeting in November 2019. 

The TCF comprises members of the CGIAR System Council, all members of the CGIAR System Management Board (SMB), all Center Board Chairs and Directors General, and the Chair of the Independent Science for Development Council (ISDC). 

The forum is co-chaired by Aly Abousabaa, convener of Center Directors General, Nicole Birrell, convener of Center Board Chairs, Tony Cavalieri, System Council member, and Marco Ferroni, SMB Chair.  

Additional stakeholders may be invited to join the TCF or its meetings as members, invited guests, resource persons, or observers. 

The TCF’s work is supported by the System Organization and, once established, a dedicated Transition Program Management Unit. 

NEW: March Message from the TCF Co-Chairs

TCF Co-Chairs’ Message 2nd Edition March 2020

Transition Advisory Groups and Support Teams

Members of the Transition Consultation Forum (TCF), along with experts and stakeholders from across the CGIAR System and its partners, will form smaller, thematic Transition Advisory Groups (TAG) to provide continuous input and guidance across the various dimensions of the One CGIAR transition. 

The initial TAGs and their membership will be made available here by late February 2020. 

The work of the TAGs will be supported by dedicated teams, comprising System Organization staff, Center secondees, and external experts. 

Transition Program Management Unit 

A dedicated Transition Program Management Unit (TPMU), led by a Program Director, will be established to manage the transition process as a comprehensive program of interconnected projects. 

The TPMU will be overseen by and report to the CGIAR System Management Board/One CGIAR Common Board and – once operational – a One CGIAR Executive Management Team.    

Meetings and events

This is a non-exhaustive overview of recent and upcoming meetings and events related to the transition to One CGIAR. 

When  What  Who 
RECENT
13–14 November, 2019  9th meeting of the CGIAR System Council in Chengdu, China. For details, see the Chair’s summary and message to CGIAR staff.  System Council members, active observers, invited guests, and Secretariat support 
12–13 December, 2019  Extraordinary General Assembly of the Centers in Rome, Italy. For details, see the Chairs’ summary.  General Assembly members, facilitation and Secretariat support 
28–29 January, 2020  16th Meeting of the System Management Board (SMB) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. For details, please see the Chair’s summary.  SMB members, active observers, invited guests, and Secretariat support (please see the Chair’s summary for a full list of participants) 
5–7 February, 2020  CGIAR ‘Big Lifts’ workshop in Eschborn, Germany, provided multi-stakeholder input towards the implementation of SRG recommendations 1 (mission) and 4 (new research modality)  Invited guests, including representatives of Funders, Centers, ISDC, and the System Organization 
12 February, 2020  Virtual meeting of the General Assembly of the Centers to consider process to reconstitute the SMB and approve associated amendments to the Charter of the CGIAR System Organization  Members of the General Assembly, Secretariat support 
19 February, 2020  1st call of the Transition Consultation Forum (TCF) to discuss proposed forward directions for TCF and Transition Advisory Groups (TAGs)  TCF members, support 
UPCOMING 
23–25 March, 2020  Virtual workshops of the TCF and TAGs (TBC) TCF members, facilitation and Secretariat support 
25 March, 2020  Virtual meeting of the General Assembly (TBC) General Assembly members, facilitation and Secretariat support 
5–6 May, 2020  17th meeting of the SMB (TBC)  SMB members, active observers, invited guests, and Secretariat support 
9–10 June, 2020  10th meeting of the CGIAR System Council in Berlin, Germany  System Council members, active observers, invited guests, and Secretariat support 

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