Promoting meaningful and equitable relationships? Exploring the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) funding criteria from the perspectives of African partners

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Abstract

Against a backdrop of historic inequities between Northern and Southern scholars, the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) calls for “meaningful and equitable” research partnerships between UK-based academics and partners in the Global South. This paper draws on qualitative data from three workshops in the Ethiopia, Rwanda and the UK to interrogate GCRF funding criteria from the perspectives of African-based research partners. The GCRF criteria are considered with respect to African partners’ experiences of, and aspirations from, such international research partnerships in order to enrich and extend ongoing debates about power relations in development research. The study finds that GCRF criteria do address many of the familiar historic concerns of African partners, while also identifying ways in which this and similar funding schemes may unintentionally reproduce structural inequities within the South. In highlighting these less visible equity concerns, the paper draws lessons for funders, academics and others concerned with establishing genuinely equitable research partnerships.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Development Research
Volume2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 May 2020

Structured keywords

  • SoE Centre for Comparative and International Research in Education
  • SoE Centre for Higher Education Transformations

Keywords

  • capacity building
  • equity
  • Global Challenges Research Fund
  • international development
  • research collaborations
  • research partnerships

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