The RFI was mentioned as a tool for improving fairness and equity in research partnerships in a document written by the TRUST project entitled:
A session on the RFI was held at the annual conference of the CUGH in New York, on 18 March 2018. The session focused on introducing the Research Fairness Initiative (RFI) and critically examining its potential to improve the fairness and impact of global health research partnerships.
The Canadian Coallition for Global Health Research published a blog post written by Kirsty Klipp, RFI Implementation Manager on their Students and Young Professional’s Network Blog.
The first RFI report published by WHO TDR made headlines in the March Newsletter of the Swiss Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries.
To see the News Letter , click here.
The first RFI report has been published by World Health Organisations Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (WHO TDR – http://www.who.int/tdr/news/2018/tdr-rfi-report-2018/en/). This is the first RFI report to be made public, and will serve as an example and template for future RFI reports.
We hope that this will encourage many other institutions and organisations to consider the RFI, and to work towards creating a better environment for fair and equitable global research in the future!
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The RFI began its roll out in 2017, with several institutions from both Africa
and Europe showing interest, and beginning the writing of their RFI
reports. As of January 2018, we have received 4 RFI Reports, with
others still being in progress. In 2018, we hope to roll out the
initiative globally and introduce as many institutions as possible to
the RFI. We will be working hard with our associates and other partners to work towards this global implementation.
We hope that 2018 will be the year that the RFI can
begin to make a difference for all those partaking in global research
partnerships, and that we can begin to establish a standard of good
practice in research collaboration!
On December 14-15, 2017, an RFI Report Writing workshop was held in Nairobi, Kenya, in collaboration with the Kenya Medical Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya, 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.
The workshop included participants from Kenya Medical Research Institute, Kenyan Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation, Moi University and University of Nairobi. The institutions all expressed clear interest in the RFI and it’s implementation, and planned to take the initiative back to their institutions for further discussion. The workshop was found to be positive and productive.
The programme for the workshop can be accessed through the link below:
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).
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.
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: