A Step Forward for the Research Fairness Initiative
“The purpose of the conference was to present the initiative to the European Union and African Union as a sustainable platform to support collaborations in research and innovation,” said COHRED’s RFI manager, Lauranne Botti, in a follow-up email to all delegates.
Said Botti: “The RFI has moved from an index to an initiative that encourages institutions to self-report on their policies and practices to promote and validate fair research partnerships as a compliance tool and learning platform.”
Read article by Research Africa editor Linda Nordling - Global research fairness initiative enters pilot phase (6 October 2016)
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The Research Fairness Initiative
- The COHRED Research Fairness Initiative – Team RFI, Council on Health Research for Development
- The RFI and CAAST-Net Plus - Katharina Kuss, Spanish Foundation for International Cooperation, Health and Social Affairs, Spain
Panel I: What is fairness in global health research? Why is it important? How can RFI enhance this?
- Research Partnerships for Development - Gonzalo Vicente Lacambra, IS Global Barcelona Institute for Global Health, Spain
- Fairness in Global Health Research - Dr Samba Cor Sarr, Ministry of Health, Senegal
Panel II: Opportunities and challenges for RFI implementation - potential for RFI to reinforce Africa-Europe research cooperation
- Challenges and Opportunities to Implement the RFI: Senegal Workshop Outcomes – Prof. Soukeye Dia Tine, Ministry of Higher Education and Research, Senegal
- Research Fairness Initiative: The KEMRI Perspective – Kimani Gachuhi, Kenya Medical Research Institute
- Guide Des Bonnes Pratiques De La Recherche Pour Le Développement - Prof. Anne-Marie Moulin, French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (L’Institut de Recherche Pour le Développement), France
- Collaborative Research in the Institut Pasteur International Network – Golbahar Pahlavan, Institut Pasteur Center for Global Health
Panel III: Increasing intra-EU coordination
- Research Fairness Initiative: The EDCTP Perspective – Gabriella Breugelmans, European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership
- DFG Initiative on Joint Projects on Neglected Tropical Diseases in African-German Partnerships – Dr Andreas Strecker, German Research Foundation
- Towards Research Fairness: Creating Spaces for the Negotiation of Knowledge – Julia Lichtkoppler-Moser, Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research
- Increasing Intra-EU Coordination in Africa-Europe Health Sciences Collaborations through RFI – Ricardo Pereira, Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology
- RFI Tool and UK Funders of Development Research – Julie Calkins, UK Collaborative on Development Science
Anita Makri, who attended the conference, said the event threw up a number of "practical and existential" challenges and opportunities for the team developing the RFI.
“I came away from a discussion among RFI supporters in Brussels this week with a feeling that its success will hinge on a fine balancing act between ambition and focus,” she wrote in a SciDev.Net blog post (read the full article: Tool targets fairness deficit in research).
Unable to attend the conference, Doris Schröder of the TRUST project, which aims to foster adherence to high ethical standards in research globally, provided the following video presentation as a contribution to the discussion.
COHRED’s next meeting will take place in Cape Town at the South African Medical Research Council from 2-4 November. The goals? To address next steps agreed in Brussels and further unpack the implementation stage of the RFI.
To contact the COHRED RFI manager, write to botti[at]cohred.org.
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