January 2017 marked the launch of Phase 2 of the CGIAR Research Programs and with that, the start-up of the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research.
CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research is housed in the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) and serves all CGIAR research programs. It aims to increase the visibility and impact of gender research undertaken across CGIAR. The Platform supports priority setting for gender research, strategic partnerships, capacity development, and collaboration between and among CGIAR programs, Centers, and partners, building on the work of system-wide gender network established in 2011. The Platform Coordinator, Rhiannon Pyburn, is based at the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam, supported by a communications team.
At the final Gender Network meeting at the Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Cali, Colombia in November 2016, Gender Research Coordinators and Center representatives distilled four system-wide gender research priorities, namely:
- Gender, landscapes, and rural transformation
- Gendered consequences of agricultural research for development efforts
- Gender, technologies, and institutions
- Joint ownership and decision-making
This year the Collaborative Platform for Gender Research will flesh out these priority themes and develop a framework to take them forward. We are excited about the work ahead.
To learn more about CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research watch these introductory videos by Karen Brooks, Director of the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets and Rhiannon Pyburn, Coordinator of CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research.
Gender Research Coordinators from each of the 12 CGIAR Research Program, and representatives from 15 CGIAR Centers are core members of the Platform, along with the gender scientists and post-doctoral fellows from across the CGIAR system. The Platform also serves a wider community of researchers integrating gender analysis into their research both within and beyond the CGIAR system and its: those who are interested in collaborating and sharing methods, tools and knowledge to benefit their gender research and practive. As of January 2017, the platform has approximately 250 members, made up of principally of social scientists, science managers and communication specialists. We are working to grow these numbers.
Highlighting good practices
This website documents good practices via current knowledge, resources, news, event postings and webinars. It also offers space for communities across CGIAR that are working towards better integrating gender across their research activities.
The fellowship program is designed to enable greater collaboration among CGIAR Research Programs by supporting post-doctoral fellows whose work contributes to cross-program synergies. In addition to complementing and developing their expertise, these young researchers benefit from mentoring by senior gender experts both within and outside CGIAR.
Change in the Making
To provide CGIAR Fund donors and others with news on important advances in research, the predecessor to the Platform – CGIAR Gender and Agriculture Research Network – published this progress report, called Change in the Making.
CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research focuses on raising the visibility of CGIAR gender research within CGIAR as well as externally, identifying system-wide gender research priorities, collaborative learning, knowledge sharing and exchange. See the list of workshops from 2016. More soon for this year.
Monthly webinars on issues related to gender and agriculture aim to share knowledge, facilitate exchange among members of CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research, build capacity and raise the visibility of gender research in the CGIAR system.