Two sessions on partnerships co-organised with COHRED, UKCDS and COHESION-Project @ ICRD
The KFPE co-organised two sessions on partnerships at this important event with the Council on Health Research for Development (www.cohred.org), the UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS) and COHESION-Project.
At the beginning of September 2017 in Bern the 4th International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD) was held. The aim of the conference was to present “visionary contributions that will enhance transformations towards sustainable development in countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.” (www.icrd.ch).
The KFPE co-organised two sessions on partnerships at this important event with the Council on Health Research for Development (www.cohred.org), the UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (www.ukcds.org.uk) and COHESION-Project based at the University of Geneva.
The first session was an expert panel presentation and discussion session reflecting on promoting fair research partnerships from the perspectives of research institutions, research funders, project managers, and development agencies. The second session was a hands-on workshop on applying the RFI to the real-life experiences of participants and the presenters.
Jon-Andri Lys was a panelist during a session on increasing equality in partnerships. These sessions on partnerships highlighted a variety of challenges in establishing partnerships, but also tools - like the KFPE Guidelines or the Research Fairness Initiative - developed to help address these and the role funders can have in helping facilitate partnerships. One interesting aspect was thinking about the process of partnerships and how there are “Hard elements”, such as shared vision, setting the agenda together, fairness and sharing of process and capacity building. In parallel “Soft elements”, such as trust, respect, being open and cultural differences are equally important. Both hard and soft elements are essential to ensure success, but require different approaches to be established.