Four approaches to supporting equitable research partnerships
Transforming the global research partnership ecosystem in ways that increase equity and restore balance requires consistent action and reflection; the crux is finding a balance between flexibility and equity that enhances trust and respect among all partners.
Drawing on the experience of funders, research organisations and researchers in low-, middle- and high-income countries, Four Approaches to Supporting Equitable Research Partnerships provides insights into how the principles of equitable partnership can be applied in multi-country research consortia and partnerships.
Each of the four approaches highlights potential barriers to equity and provides practical recommendations for how these can be addressed and overcome. Strategies for building mutual respect and trust between collaborators and institutions – the software of equity – are outlined, while the hardware of equity – such as funding procedures and contractual conditions – receives equal attention.
Practical recommendations and relevant case studies underline the interdependent and mutually reinforcing roles of relational hardware and software in strengthening equity in research partnerships.
We hope this Good Practice Document will help equip readers to address issues of equity across the research partnerships they help to establish or join, and draw attention to resources that are available to support these efforts.