Summary: Capacity development is the process through which individuals, organizations and their networks and societies obtain, strengthen and maintain the capabilities to set and achieve their own development objectives over time. Capacity per se is internal to individuals and organizations but external partners can assist in achieving greater impact. A recent paper has suggested that the “best way to combine the international ‘science’ and ‘development’ mandates is through scientific capacity development of staff belonging to national research and innovation systems” (Leeuwis et al, 2017). Other new technological options now exist such as the recent emergence of a new form of distance learning – Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

This session will present an overview of the CGIAR System Management Board response to the IEA CapDev evaluation prior to a summary presentation of the draft CIFOR CapDev Strategy, and updates on CIFOR’s existing CapDev initiatives in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa and Indonesia. This will be followed by a Q & A discussion and then a panel discussion on the opportunities and challenges to developing Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to reach larger audiences.


Key issues the session will address:


Moderator: Robert Nasi, DG (t.b.c.)
Presenters: D. Andrew Wardell, Manuel Guariguata, Paolo Cerruti and Steve Lawry
MOOC panel: Christopher Martius, Steve Leonard and Kristina Roing de Nowina


Session format: Presentations followed by a moderated Q & A session and a panel discussion on MOOCs


Participants: All CIFOR staff and invited representatives of key partners (CGIAR and non-CGIAR)


Recommended reading:
CGIAR, 2017. System Management Board Commentary on the Evaluation of Capacity Development Activities of CGIAR. 12 December 2017 Leeuwis, C., Klerkx, L. and Schut, M., 2018.

Reforming the research policy and impact culture in the CGIAR: Integrating science and systemic capacity development Global Food Security 16: 17-21 DOI:10.1016/Jj.gfs.2017.06.002 Bourne, M. Chesterman, S., Wardell, D.A. and Hassan, M., 2018.

Capacity Needs Assessment for Forestry, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) CGIAR Research Program: Phase II, 2017-2022. Draft CIFOR Capacity Development Strategy 2019-2021


Additional reading:
CIFOR-UNIKIS, 2018. Results of tracer study of Masters and PhD students supported through REAFOR, REFORCO, FCCC and FORETS Projects (2007-2018)

CIFOR-USAID, 2018. Thesis abstracts Cohort 1 – 2016-2018.

CIFOR Strategy 2016-2025. Stepping up to the new climate and development agenda. pp. 13-14

CGIAR, 2018. 1st draft CGIAR System 3 Year “Business Plan” (2019-2021)


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