African researchers are suffering from power dynamics that favour global North collaborators. While some initiatives are helping build local capacity, others undervalue African collaborators. COVID-19 is aiding the creation of a foundation for future North-South collaborations. SciDevNet Blog by Laura Owings.
Tokenism, top-down management and inequality still plague African researchcollaborations with the developed world.
In spite of years of talk about collaborative partnerships, African researchers say that they are all too often consigned to the role of field worker or information gatherer despite being leaders in their science.
Inequality exists at many levels, with tensions typically similar to those embedded in donor-recipient relations in international development cooperation.
In this recorded lecture of the Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre at York University, Dr Tuhiwai Smith discusses decolonising research methods and provides reflections regarding the practical conduct of social science research methods. She talks about how to navigate and resist colonial legacies of knowledge production and resist extractivist models.
Many words common to science have never been written in African languages. Now, researchers from across Africa are changing that.Image: Credit: Eye Ubiquitous/Alamy