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North-South collaboration for research capacity building: learnings and best practices


14:00 - 16:00

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registered participants receive a link to participate

Workshop Series: 2022 Annual Conference

North-South collaboration for research capacity building
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By Marion Bétizeau, Velux Stiftung

Capacity building is a key factor in sustainably establishing research in the global South. How can North-South collaborations foster this process?

We understand research capacity building as sustainably developing people and institutions to perform excellent and locally relevant research. Research capacity building should also foster collaborations across disciplines and sectors, build soft and hard supporting infrastructure. This includes developing a strong enabling environment including research coordination and management where research and research actors can thrive.

In this workshop we will learn from several concrete and successful examples of research capacity building projects in partnership between institutions in the North and the global South. Exchanges between participants in smaller groups will enable to decipher some learnings and best practices to:

  • identify opportunities, set up and start such collaborations
  • carry them out
  • how to evaluate success, and ensure the sustainability of the collaboration and its outputs

We aim to have the inputs and views from a diverse audience based both in the North and the global South; from researchers at different career stages, project coordinators, university representatives, practitioners from development cooperation and business as well as research funders.

If you would like to present an additional example of a research capacity project, please get in touch with Marion Bétizeau,, before May 11. Please not that not all proposed examples can be considered.

Registration: Please register for the workshop


online workshop
Languages: English