Program Review and Process
The Fund Council approves individual CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) proposals on the basis of program criteria it sets in consultation with the Consortium. The Consortium is required to follow these criteria in the preparation and submission of each CRP proposal to the Council.
The Fund Council first reviews the program content of a CRPs proposal, with advice from the Independent Science and Partnership Council and other experts as needed. If a proposal does not pass the program criteria established by the Fund Council, it is rejected. The Consortium may subsequently submit a revised proposal. If a proposal passes the program criteria, then the Fund Council reviews the accompanying financing plan. If the financing plan is not in keeping with resources available from Window 1 and Window 2 the Fund Council invites the Consortium to propose a modified proposal and financing plan that could be fully funded. CRPs that meet the content criteria and are in line with financing available are approved by the Fund Council. Subsequently, a performance agreement is put in place. The World Bank, as Trustee, serves as the agent of the Fund Council in effectuating program performance agreements between the Fund and the Consortium.
In terms of performance monitoring and evaluation, Fund donors rely on the independent evaluation and performance monitoring mechanisms established by the Fund Council and the Consortium and refrain from conducting additional, duplicative evaluations of CRPs or Centers.