The Consortium Level Gender Strategy was developed in 2011 in consultation with donors and experts and this meeting was convened as an informal discussion with Fund Council members to:
Provide an update on progress with Consortium Level Gender Strategy implementation in the area of research
Illustrate challenges for CGIAR Research Program Gender Strategies and contrast their approaches
Share information on advances in cross-CGIAR Research Program collaboration in gender research
The meeting covered three topics (see Agenda in Annex II). First, an overview of the Consortium Level Gender Strategy and progress in its implementation that highlighted for discussion the challenges CGIAR Research Programs confront with the integration of gender into their research cycle and their budget. Second, advances in the preparation of individual CGIAR Research Program Gender Strategies, focusing on those programs with a first draft available by May 31st, 2012. Finally, the meeting addressed advances in the identification of opportunities for cross-program collaboration in gender research, building on topics identified by the fifteen scientists designated by the CGIAR Research Programs to coordinate activities with the CGIAR Gender and Agriculture Research Network in their first planning meeting held 12th March, 2012 at the Global Women and Agriculture Conference in New Delhi.