New report explores fair and equitable global research partnerships

New report explores fair and equitable global research partnerships

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) today, Monday 8 October, welcomes the publication of a new report looking at how research organisations can enable fair and equitable partnerships between researchers across the global North and South working to addresses the challenges faced by developing countries.

In recent years government funding for international development research has increased significantly through mechanisms such as the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and the Newton Fund. A key principle of such funding is for research to be co-created between UK teams and teams from developing countries to address the most pressing global challenges in ways that are most appropriate to local contexts.

As a major investor in international development research, UKRI commissioned Rethinking Research Collaborative to undertake a three-month research project into how partnerships between the global North and South are developing and to explore where improvements can be made.  

Commenting on the report, Professor Andrew Thompson, Executive Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and UKRI Executive Champion for International, said: “We all benefit from strong and equitable partnerships, but such partnerships are not always easy to establish due to a variety of factors such as imbalances in resources.

“This report offers valuable insights about how UKRI and other funders can make further progress towards realising the ambition of investing in excellent research that is jointly created and undertaken by researchers from across the globe. Creating strong global partnership will help to provide sustainable solutions to challenges which ultimately affect us all, such as climate change, food insecurity fragile states and infectious diseases.”

The report identifies eight principles for a variety of stakeholders to consider around the politics of partnerships. These include putting poverty first, redressing evidence hierarchies and committing to transparency.

Read the full report, including recommendations for UKRI (PDF, 1.3MB).

A generic report for all stakeholders and the targeted learning resources are available.