The good news is that today many organisations are responding to the need for a fairer balance of power in north-south research relationships. They are pushing to increase the equity of collaborative research by developing clear principles, tools, guidance and initiatives that improve the quality of relationships between the institutions involved.
In 2021, we are calling for the principles of equitable partnerships to become a top priority for all stakeholders in the research-to-action pathway.
Here’s how you can help:
- Share our “2021 – The Year of Equitable Research Partnerships” badge on your email signature, social media, websites and blogs, with a link to this page.
- Donate any amount to the Research Fairness Initiative, where funds will be used to help LMIC organisations to produce RFI reports.
- Share the campaign with colleagues and friends who are committed to normalising fair and equitable research partnerships.
If you have any other suggestions for how we can spread the visibility and increase this drive towards fair and equitable research partnerships, please feel free to let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To help drive these equitable partnerships we have identified a range of useful best practices by organisations around the world. The table below gives snapshot of groups who, like COHRED, are ‘walking the talk’ of equitable research partnerships by putting in place ways to progress toward this goal.
We invite you to have a look, to be inspired by these examples; and to take action in making fair research partnerships a reality in your region.