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CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research

CGIAR 2030: Training for Change

Transforming the Lives of Beneficiaries through Collaboration

What: The CGIAR 2030:  Leading Change workshop is designed to give CGIAR leaders the knowledge and skills associated with being a change agent engaged in transforming their organizations’ capacity for generating and partnering gender-responsive agricultural development innovations through collaboration across the scientific disciplines.  .

The half-day workshop is for leaders interested in managing organizational change. The focus is on gender-responsiveness but the principles are broadly applicable. It is designed based on foundational research by John Kotter (Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership, Emeritus, Harvard Business School, a New York Times best-selling author, and founder of Kotter International) in organizational transformation and incorporates current best practices in organizational design to support change initiatives.

There are 2 components to the training

  • Leading for Change – I/2 day workshop for leaders
  • Training for Change – 2 day workshop for research teams or groups of social and biological scientist who need to work together to integrate gender into research planning

Applying this research, you will examine your organization, identify areas in which you currently model best practices and areas for continued development.  You will emerge with:

  • An understanding of the role you play as a leader in creating and sustaining institutional change
  • A framework for creating an organizational culture of gender-responsive agricultural research for development
  • An action plan for creating institutional change in integrating gender analysis and equity into CGIAR research and programs
  • A video communicating your vision for gender-transformative research

When: 30th Jan – 1st Feb 2017 – 2.5 days

Where: Nairobi, Kenya

After completing CGIAR 2030:  Leading Change, leaders are encouraged to join key members of your research teams participate in the two-day workshop, CGIAR 2030: Training for Change. This program brings together existing teams or working groups of leaders, biophysical researchers and gender researchers to engage in high quality cross-disciplinary technical discussions.  The course will build your teams’ ability to identify critical entry points for social science research on gender and ways to collaborate to create gender-responsive outcomes across the research cycle.

*Note: more information will be added as it becomes available. This page was last updated on January 13, 2016.


Who Should Attend

The course is designed for existing teams or working groups who want to become change agents for their Center in developing gender-responsive agriculture research. The teams need to include representatives from:

• Leadership
• Biophysical research
• Gender research

Teams need to bring a research challenge to explore during the workshop.


• Understand the issues of gender in agriculture in developing countries and how this understanding supports achieving the goals of reducing poverty, improving food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources and ecosystem services

• Identify vital entry points for collaboration between gender experts and biophysical researchers along the agriculture research-for-development project cycle

• Better understand how to integrate social science, gender research and sex disaggregated data to inform research priority identification and technology design

• Identify types of gender analysis different kinds of experts can offer, when and why to call on them and how to leverage their expertise


Teams become agents for change to make CGIAR “best-in-class” in gender-responsive agricultural innovation through:

• Enhanced gender integration to achieve gender-responsive agricultural research for development outcomes

• Accelerate gender strategy implementation


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The workshop includes tracks for leaders, biophysical researchers and gender researchers. Specific outcomes include:




Roberta Talmage, Senior Consultant, TRG

Roberta Talmage joined TRG’s organizational development/training specialist team in 2011. Roberta possesses over 20 years’ experience in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors as a performance and organizational development consultant, and has worked in organizations in the United State and internationally. As a Registered Organization Development Consultant with a background in instructional design and leadership development, Roberta designs and facilitates training and organizational development initiatives systematically and builds strategic partnerships to develop and implement programs that have long-term impact on organizations. Drawing on her background as an engineer in whole systems design, Roberta uses technology to create engaging and impactful learning experiences. Prior to joining TRG, Roberta focused on culture change as an internal consultant in the Global Diversity and Inclusion Office and Leadership Institute of a Fortune 100 company.


Margaret Morehouse, Senior Consultant, TRG

Margaret Morehouse is an organizational development professional with over 20 years of experience specializing in organizational and individual capacity building activities such as organizational assessment, institutional strengthening, change management strategies, management and leadership training, technical skills workshop design and facilitation, and inter-organizational collaboration. She is also a specialist in HR systems design and implementation, where she has focused on strategic workforce planning, policy formulation and management in HIV/AIDS programs as well as other international health initiatives. Ms. Morehouse is particularly effective in the application of participatory organizational development approaches to internal and external programs. She lived and worked in Kenya for several years where she served as HR Manager for the International Livestock Research Institute. Prior to her work in Kenya, Ms. Morehouse worked for 10 years as a senior human resources and organizational development specialist in private sector health care institutions in the U.S.



CGIAR 2030:  Leading Change is facilitated by Roberta Talmage, and Margaret Morehouse, senior consultants with TRG Inc. and advised by Jacqueline Ashby, Senior Advisor, Gender in Research, CGIAR System Organization.