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12Dec/17

Beyond Good Intentions – The RFI at SFSA 2017 – Pretoria, South Africa

On December 8, 2017, a session on the RFI was held at Science Forum South Africa, at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria. The session included panelists from Sefako Makgatho Health Science University (SMU) – Beverley Summers, Research Councils UK (RCUK) – Stuart Taberner, the UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS) – Sheila Mburu, Basel University – Edwin Constable, and the Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED) – Carel IJsselmuiden. The session was moderated by Linda Nordling (Research Africa).

Panelists for the session on the RFI at SFSA. From left: Ed Constable, Carel IJsselmuiden, Sheila Mburu, Stuart Taberner, Beverley Summers.

Panelists for the session on the RFI at SFSA. From left: Ed Constable, Carel IJsselmuiden, Sheila Mburu, Stuart Taberner, Beverley Summers.

The RFI was introduced and its application for various institutions was discussed in presentations by the various panelists. Following this, the floor was opened for questions from the audience.  The idea of the RFI was well received and a great deal of interest was shown in the initiative.

13Nov/17

RFI mentioned as a potential strategy for improving partnership formation in response to ICAI review of GCRF

In response to the Independent Commission for Aid Impact’s rapid review of the Global Challenges Research Fund, Her Majesty’s Government (UK) has suggested that the RFI may be a potential strategy for improving partnerships with those in the global South.

For the full document, see follow this link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/655966/HMG_Response_to_ICAI_Rapid_Review_of_GCRF.pdf

08Nov/17

High Level Policy Dialogue Stakeholder Event – Brussels, Belgium – 19 October 2017

A talk titled “The Research Fairness Initiative as a due-diligence instrument to strengthen research management and open science in EU-Africa research and innovation partnerships” was included on the agenda of the High Level Policy Dialogue Stakeholder Event that was held in Brussels, Belgium, on October 19, 2017.

This event allowed stakeholders of the partnership to discuss various success and challenges that had been experienced in their fields. For more information on the event, please follow this link. See the agenda below:

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06Nov/17

Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) approves declaration to adopt the RFI

 

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The Ministers of Health meeting of the CPLP (Community of Portuguese Language Countries) in Brasilia on 26 October unanimously approved the Declaration on the adoption of the RFI in two major networks in the CPLP – and, by extension, to all national institutions. Africa also has several CPLP member countries: Angola, Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé e Principe, and so this will spread the use of RFI reporting to additional countries.

For the Portuguese version click the following link:  20171026_PR8_IVRMS_IEI_vfinal.

For an English translated version, click this link:  20171026_CPLP_RFI_EN AC (1).

 

 

09Oct/17

RFI Information Day – October 4th, 2017, Pretoria, South Africa

CAAST-Net Plus, in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), South Africa; the Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED); the Spanish Foundation for International Cooperation, Health and Social Affairs (FCSAI); and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST), Kenya – held an RFI Information day in Pretoria on October 4th, 2017. The venue will be

The event took place at the Bunga Auditorium at the Department of Science and Technology. The event was well attended by delegates from various SA institutions. Presentations were made by the partners in CAAST-NET Plus, and a discussion panel was held prior to closing, which included speakers from some of the attending institutions (NRF, ARC and SMU).

Some comments from the panel discussion:

“I think this Fairness Initiative gives you a tool that you can put on the table, so you can start negotiating on a more level platform.” – Prof Prem Govender, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

“From an NRF perspective partnerships are a key component of NRF business, and fairness and transparency are shared values to which the NRF subscribes… I think [the principles of fairness in research] are universally applicable… We definitely will be exploring how one can incorporate the principles – shaping institutional partnerships for example… As an institution we will also look at how we can create awareness of the RFI tool.” – , Dr Kwezi Mzilikazi, National Research Foundation

Delegates at the RFI Information Day on October 4th, in Pretoria - Department of Science and Technology

Delegates at the RFI Information Day on October 4th, in Pretoria, South Africa – Department of Science and Technology

 

09Oct/17

RFI Report Writing Workshop – October 3rd, 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa

CAAST-Net Plus, in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), South Africa; the Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED); the Spanish Foundation for International Cooperation, Health and Social Affairs (FCSAI); and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST), Kenya – held an RFI Report Writing Workshop in Cape Town, South Africa on October 2 – 3rd, 2017.

The workshop took place at the Hotel Verde. Teams/individuals from six South African institutions attended the workshop:

This workshop focused on introducing the institutions to the RFI Reporting Guide and it’s rationale, as well as helping them to begin writing their reports, with the aim of going back to their institutions and recommending the tool to the executive level.

Some comments from the workshop include:

“Its certainly given us a lot of food for thought, because many of our practices have been traditional and inherited, or may have been practices that were important to our previous university, and not in its current format. So I think its a good exercise… This as a toolkit would allow us to look at areas that are important… It illuminates a lot of areas that we still need to give attention to. We will certainly recommend it.” – Prof Prem Govender, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

“On behalf of UWC, thank you very much for the opportunity to assess where we’re at… There are some aspects that we’ve highlighted that we should take back to our institution to address because of the implications for research going forward.” – Prof Priscilla Baker, University of the Western Cape

“To me one of the areas where this would help is if it was acknowledged in funding application forms produced by funders’ where they actually put a question in there for reviewers to assess the fairness of the sharing of budget or resources or roles and contributions by the different partners, and for the reviewers to comment on that when they review a grant application.” – Dr Yolande Harley, University of Cape Town

Participants at the RFI Report Writing workshop in Cape Town

Participants at the RFI Report Writing workshop in Cape Town

Prof Carel IJsselmuiden gave a presentation on the RFI prior to institutions beginning their report writing

Prof Carel IJsselmuiden gave an introductory presentation on the RFI prior to institutions beginning their report writing

 

 

 

 

26Sep/17

International Conference on Research for Development – Bern, Switzerland

A session on the RFI took place on September 6, 2017, at the International Conference on Research for Development in Bern, Swiitzerland. This was a joint session with 4 partners COHRED, KFPE (http://www.naturalsciences.ch/organisations/kfpe), UKCDS (www.ukcds.org.uk), and the COHESION project led by the University of Geneva (http://cohesionproject.info).

The first session was an expert panel presentation and discussion session reflecting on promoting fair research partnerships from the perspectives of research institutions, research funders, project managers, and development agencies. The second session was a hands-on workshop on applying the RFI to the real-life experiences of participants and the presenters.

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01Aug/17

CEA-SAMEF Senegal’s second institution to submit an RFI report

Senegal’s Centre d’excellence Africain pour la sante de la mere et de l’enfant (CEA-SAMEF) – African Centre of Excellence – Mother and Child Health – is the second institution to submit an RFI report for validation by the RFI team. This report will be reviewed and validated, after which CEA-SAMEF will be able to display the RFI logo on their website and documents.

 

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