Improving value chains performance is high on the agenda of Livestock and Fish country value chain programs. Public-private partnerships can identify stakeholders with a significant interest in value chain programing, allowing for mutual trust building and understanding to accommodate different roles, responsibilities, interests, joint design and co-delivery of research for development work. Continue reading
Author Archives: Diana Brandes
Are you game for (Theories of) Change in an unpredictable world ?
This week I am attending a workshop organized by our CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish to refine frameworks and tools for a new Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system based on the program’s Theory of Change and Impact Pathways, aiming to ensure common understanding of theories, to discuss how they can be used for planning, critical reflection and accountability; and to develop change pathways for the pilot value chains in which it will be tested. Continue reading
What does it take to make capacity development happen in a research for development program?
The global dominant development issue this year Sustainable Development is front and centre. Though sustainability means different things to different people, one thing becomes clearer: Convergence on the importance of Capacity Development and Partnerships with over ten references made in the UN Sustainable Development Goals document. 2014, my first full year working for ILRI and … Continue reading
What big data for organizational development?
Reflecting on the report by the UN Secretary General’s Data Revolution Group, Diana Brandes explores ways the data revolution mean for organizational and human capability development? Continue reading
Piecing together the (gender) research for (capacity) development puzzle
Conducting Research for Development is at the heart of the Research Program on Livestock and Fish’s value chain approach. Diana Brandes argues that, in a world of complex sustainable development challenges, the solution(s) to ensure program outputs respond to localized demands to facilitate value chain transformation is a puzzle, where any number of rural communities, organizations, institutions may hold different pieces. Continue reading