Minutes of Center Directors Meeting of June 1982 record extensive discussions with the incoming TAC Chair. Discussions range from placing emphasis on the scientific base of the system rather than the financial aspects, to the role of TAC as a buffer between donors and centers, development of budgets with technical input from TAC and a closer relationship between TAC and the CG Secretariat in the process.
The minutes also record extensive discussion on the reduced funding and consideration of mechanisms for resolving the critical funding situation. The role of special projects in fulfilling the core agenda and reclassification of special projects as core to be able to capitalize on percentage funding from donors is also touched upon.
Other topics provided in the minutes are center board meetings and sharing of minutes with TAC and the CG Secretariat; the establishment of the CGIAR mid-term meeting, the acceptance by donors of a five-year financing plan with annual pledging, the rejection of the addition of a water management institute, the Johns Hopkins Nutrition Initiative and nutrition initiatives in the UN system, and implementation of the recommendations of the System Review including an initiative to increase the centers activities in the area of public relations.