KFPE’s Guide for Transboundary Research Partnerships
Based on an extensive consultation process, the KFPE has completely updated its "11 Principles for Research in Partnership" in 2012 and has integrated current trends and experience. In addition, we have also developed 7 fundamental questions that point to factors enabling or hindering research in partnership. The 7 questions are meant to help users to better understand and implement the 11 principles. They examine various aspects of research partnerships and also intend to stimulate reflection and debate. There is an ENGLISH, FRENCH and GERMAN version, which can be downloaded (see also at the right hand side of this webpage) or you can order a .
Why this Guide?
This Guide is intended for:
- Researchers considering or planning to engage in fair and equal partnership towards a common goal
- Partnership arrangements striving for innovative research and a a fruitful learning culture, both based on mutual trust and responsibility
- Funding agencies designing programmes for effective intercultural research collaboration
- Policymakers aiming at establishing an enabling environment for effective research collaborations
- Development organisations encouraging contextualisation of scientific knowledge through facilitation and brokering
- International organisations dealing with knowledge-based solutions to global challenges.
Transboundary and intercultural research in partnership is a continuous process of sound knowledge generation, building mutual trust, mutual learning and shared ownership.
The KFPE’s 11 principles underscore this process. However, there are many types of research in partnership; these have different requirements in terms of interaction, communication, and mutuality. In other words, the principles may have to be applied selectively depending on the partnership.
The 7 fundamental questions on transboundary research partnerships point to factors that hinder or enable partnerships in different contexts; they are designed to help readers better understand the nature and type of a given partnership.
In addition, the 7 key questions are meant to trigger a debate on how to organise transboundary research collaboration in an effective manner, and on how best to translate scientific knowledge into benefits for society.
We would like to thank all those who contributed in one way or another to the revision and new design of the “11 KFPE Principles”; the many valuable comments and feedbacks we received during an international consultation process on draft versions of the documents significantly helped to improve the quality of the final product.
KFPE Guides to specific challenges
Further literature on research partnerships
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Christopher H. Trisos, Jess Auerbach & Madhusudan Katti
A new open access publication on how to improve research impact for development by the Impact Initiative for International Development Research, University of Cambridge.
This article spans issues of international student mobility, inequalities in higher education, and spaces for transformative learning for sustainable development.
The pandemic has made it abundantly clear: the gravest threats we face today transcend national boundaries, are inextricably linked, and demand joint, knowledge-based actions in response. Partnership-oriented university-level research and teaching have a crucial role to play here. CDE and its longstanding partners have refined effective, transformative approaches to help solve current sustainability crises and train the next generation of change agents. This policy brief outlines lessons from CDE’s long-term experience in tackling shared challenges and addressing inequalities through inclusive, globe-spanning research and education.
This open access book offers insights into the development of the ground-breaking Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource-Poor Settings (GCC) and the San Code of Research Ethics. Using a new, intuitive moral framework predicated on fairness, respect, care and honesty, both codes target ethics dumping – the export of unethical research practices from a high-income setting to a lower- or middle-income setting. The book is a rich resource of information and argument for any research stakeholder who opposes double standards in research. It will be indispensable for applicants to European Union framework programmes, as the GCC is now a mandatory reference document for EU funding.
This book provides case studies of “ethics dumping” that were largely facilitated by loopholes in the ethics governance of low and middle-income countries. It is instructive even to experienced researchers since it provides a voice to vulnerable populations from the forementioned countries. Ensuring the ethical conduct of North-South collaborations in research is a process fraught with difficulties. The background conditions under which such collaborations take place include extreme differentials in available income and power, as well as a past history of colonialism, while differences in culture can add a new layer of complications. In this context, up-to-date case studies of unethical conduct are essential for research ethics training.
This publication by swisspeace and the KFPE demonstrates, in eight contributions, how scientists view their research as dependent of national and international power structures. Research in conflict zones can point to ways and means to diffuse tension, if consciously undertaken. To achieve this objective, field research projects need to consider these specifics from the very outset.
Ein Diskussionspapier der KFPE
This publication of the KFPE presents 12 successful projects. The 12 practical examples show the advantages of cross-border research – also for Switzerland. Moreover, they underscore the continually evolving challenges of such efforts.
The publication proposes 10 factors enabling or enhancing impact and points to 6 factors that hinder impact. In addition, conclusions and recommendations concerning enhancement of desired impacts are formulated for funding agencies and for researchers and their institutions.
The aim of present publication is to help design, revise, and implement project selection processes in North-South research partnership (NSRP) programmes. In particular, it addresses the complex challenge of dealing with the multiple objectives of NSRP programmes: scientific quality, development relevance, and adherence to partnership principles.
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