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Building partnerships of equals: the role of funders in equitable and effective international development research collaborations

5 February 2018

With the increase of North-South research programmes around the world, ensuring equitable partnerships is vital to generate excellent science and obtain the best development outcomes where all partners benefit from the research.

"Building partnerships of equals: the role of funders in equitable and effective international development research collaborations" is the first report to explore the essential role that funders can play throughout the research lifecycle to select and build partnerships of equals. It draws on discussion with over thirty international funders and demonstrates examples through seven in-depth case studies. From the interviews, we outline ten key ways that funders can influence equitable partnerships. 

The report is primarily aimed at staff in research funder organisations, particularly those working in research call and programme design and delivery. It will also be of interest to research officers, researchers and development organisations interested in understanding current funder approaches. This report is divided into three chapters:

1. Models of North-South research collaboration implemented by funders

2. Practices that funders have implemented with the aim of increasing the fairness of research collaborations

3. Challenges and learning from international development research partnership programmes

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