Support to the CGIAR to Strengthen Gender Equality in Research and in the Workplace
IDRC’s continued support to the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research’s (CGIAR) programming created a strategic opportunity to provide insight and guidance on gender equality practices, both within research and within the workplace. For the 2017-2022 period, a community of practice for gender research was enabled by a collaborative platform housed in the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM). For CGIAR, this will be a key step towards mainstreaming gender and diversity throughout its organization.
The focus on gender in research aims to ensure integration of high-quality gender research into the CGIAR’s research portfolio, and to position CGIAR as a global leader for the science of gender equality in agriculture, with an emphasis on closing gender evidence gaps and using that evidence to influence the broader ecosystem of agricultural research and development. The focus on gender and diversity in the workplace aims to foster a work environment that reflects gender equality and respect for diversity for the close to 10,000 staff employed by CGIAR centres and system entities in more than 50 countries.
CGIAR is partnering with IDRC, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on a short-term capacity-building initiative to strengthen and prioritize gender and diversity in CGIAR’s research and workplace environments. The initiative will develop an overarching and high-level CGIAR Gender and Diversity Framework, propose organizational designs, and make the strengthening of gender equality and diversity an integral and key part of the initial CGIAR Business Plan for 2019-2021.