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Have Your Say: Final Global Consultation on COHRED RFI

Have Your Say: Final Global Consultation on COHRED RFI

Have Your Say: Final Global Consultation on COHRED RFI

The Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED) is soliciting a last round of feedback from interested parties on its Research Fairness Initiative (RFI). [Image credit: Flickr/Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade]

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"The RFI aims to create a reporting system that encourages governments, business, organisations and funders to share their efforts to develop fair partnerships by describing their policies and practices – and, in the process, develop better guidelines and benchmarks that will increase global capacity to deal with the challenges of global health, equity and development," the Initiative's website says.

"The RFI is now in its ‘pre-final’ stage, needing one more round of comments, examples, ideas or suggestions for implementation before the first users can begin RFI Reporting."

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RFI in Context 

  • Partnerships are essential to deliver research and innovation for global health and development. Sustainable Development Goal 17 emphasizes that all the other Sustainable Development Goals rely on partnerships for their achievement.
  • Yet, there is no agreed framework, benchmark, or standard of best practice on which to model governmental, corporate, non-profit, or academic partnerships – particularly not considering ‘fairness’ of international research collaborations to partners in low- and middle-income countries.
  • While we prioritize partnerships between institutions and countries with greatly different economic means, we find that, in reality, the RFI can be applied in any setting where partnership is key to research and innovation!
  • The RFI builds on COHRED's work on fair research contracting.

For more information about RFI or COHRED contact Lauranne Botti (botti[@]] or visit

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