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Fair and equitable research partnerships case study: RRC

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Funding for research in international development often includes a focus on fair and equitable partnerships. Academics from the global North are increasingly encouraged by funders to include academic partners based in the global South and civil society practitioners in their research projects. But achieving this is complicated: partnership and research are both political.

This case study is one of a set of resources that has been designed to help academics, NGOs, CSOs, research brokers and funders put principles for fair and equitable research partnerships into practice.

It explores insights from the Rethinking Research Collaborative (RRC), an informal network of academics, civil society practitioners, international NGOs and research support providers from the UK and many other countries who are committed to improving research in response to global challenges. It presents reflections on the strengths and challenges of the RRC's efforts to model a fair and equitable research partnership in the research that forms the foundation of this set of resources.

It is structured around the eight principles for fair and equitable partnership identified by the RRC, and is therefore a retrospective reflection on applying these principles in practice.

Published on 28 September 2018

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  • Global
Themes – Areas of work
  • Research