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Donor methods to prioritise investments in agricultural research and development (summary)

Donor methods to prioritise investments in agricultural research and development (summary)

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Summary of the Synthesis Paper
Summary of the Synthesis Paper

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Categories:Types, Research, Science
Published by: Global Donor Platform for Rural Development on Oct 08, 2012
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Donor methods to prioritise investmentsin agricultural research and development
Global Donor Platform for Rural Development
Synthesis Paper28 September 2012
donorplatform.org
 
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Background
How to decide between research andnon-research activities
How to prioritise research activities
Questionsfor donorsProblemsfor donors
Research resource budget usually setwithout analyzing efficiency of researchversus other investments
No formalized priority-setting process
Public and private donors resort to ad hocdecision processes
 
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Recommendations
Systematise theprioritising processContract withappropriate groupsto project impactsInsist the CGIAR domore priority setting
Because mostresources are directedat CG system
Might be led byStanding Panel onImpact Assessment(SPIA)
If donors lack theinternal capacity todirectly applyquantitative prioritysetting tools
Five-step process:1.Identify goals2.Specify alternatives3.Projectcontributions of topics to the goals4.Consider tradeoffs5.Compare prioritiesto current portfolio,vet changes againstpoliticalacceptability

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