Research colonialism still plagues Africa

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.

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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.

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