New Policies Approved during 44th ICIMOD Board Meeting

18 Dec 2013

Representatives from regional member countries, Independent Board Members, and representatives from ICIMOD donor organizations came together for the 44th ICIMOD Board meeting from 28-30 November at ICIMOD Headquarters in Kathmandu. In addition to a review of the Centre’s progress in 2013, policies and strategies that build on the ICIMOD’s new strategy and five-year plan were discussed and approved. The annual meeting included meetings of the Programme Advisory Committee (PAC), ICIMOD Support Group (ISG), and the ICIMOD Board of Governors. 

Photo credit: Jitendra Bajracharya/ICIMOD

Photo: Jitendra Bajracharya/ICIMOD

With recommendation from the Programme Advisory Committee, the Board approved two policies: a revised Gender Policy and a new Data Sharing Policy. The Data Sharing Policy will help guide ICIMOD in its role as a regional knowledge hub and facilitate the sharing of data between countries and institutions in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. In line with the Centre’s emphasis on growth through partnerships, a Partnership Strategy was prepared and revised for endorsement by the Board. This new strategy outlines the roles of different types of partnerships and ways ICIMOD can help build the capacity of partners in the region in monitoring and evaluation as well as in sound financial management and reporting. The Board also endorsed the Centre’s first Knowledge Management and Communication Strategy.

Photo credit: Jitendra Bajracharya/ICIMOD

Photo: Jitendra Bajracharya/ICIMOD

During the meeting of the ICIMOD Support Group, regional and international donors and ICIMOD management discussed ways to reduce transaction costs and reviewed efforts to develop a system for joint reporting. The next Board of Governors meeting is scheduled to take place in Pakistan in 2014.