The KFPE is the information hub for global research partnerships in Switzerland. It promotes efficient, effective, and equitable research cooperation with low- and middle-income countries. By doing so, the KFPE contributes to sustainable development and to solving local and global problems.more

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Revising the KFPE-Guide for transboundary research partnerships

KFPE Guide for Transboundary Research Partnerships

The KFPE Guide for Transboundary Research Partnerships with Developing Countries - 11 Principles & 7 Questions has been in use in its current form since 2012. Over the last decade, research partnerships have evolved and been discussed from different perspectives. We plan to revise the KFPE Guide based on the experience of using the guide and discussions on equity and efficiency of research collaborations.

The KFPE 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.

A first guide for research partnerships was developed by the KFPE in 1998. To develop the guide, researchers from Switzerland and LMICs discussed challenges related to such collaborations and approaches to dealing with them. Together they formulated 11 principles for equitable research collaborations.

In 2012, this first KFPE Guide was updated based on current trends and experiences. In addition to the 11 principles, 7 fundamental questions have been compiled to point to factors that enable or hinder research partnerships. 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.

For the coming months we plan a series of workshops, exchanges and interviews to discuss current debates on research collaborations and their implications the revision of the KFPE Guide.

  • to stay tuned and join us in various online and in-person exchanges throughout the year.
  • Do you have any input on what we should consider when revising of the KFPE Guide?

Upcoming events for revising the KFPE Guide