Inquiry and Thought Leadership on Transforming Research Cooperation

We seek to bring together existing voices and strands of debate, foster inquiry and advance thought-leadership on the multi-layered imbalances in global-North Africa research, and on holistic approaches needed to redress them. The development of a framework to guide, and to capture and promote institutional commitment to transforming ways of doing research with the continent is a key focus of this work.

Current initiatives

New standards and models for Africa research collaboration

In conjunction with the Worldwide Universities Network Global Africa Group, PARC is embarking on a two-year initiative to develop and pilot new standards, epistemological frameworks and practice models for equitable research collaboration and knowledge production between Africa and institutions outside of the continent. Outcomes of the initiative are expected to contribute to a transformation of the ethos, and an upending of the enduring inequalities in such academic cooperation thus far.

More information to follow.

Continental and regional mechanisms: drivers of national policy change?

The African Union and regional economic communities offer space for the collective development and pursuit of directions for the continent and for tailoring these to sub-regional contexts. Much investment has supported the strengthening of these mechanisms and the articulation, at both levels, of normative frameworks and important commitments to action: among others on advancing child and adult care, sexual and reproductive health and rights, water management, hygiene and sanitation – present focal issues for PARC’s capstone programmes. The domestication and realization of such commitments within countries, however, has remained patchy — raising urgent queries: about the relevance of continental and regional mechanisms in promoting national policy development, programming and change, and the implications that arise for future research engagement geared to supporting such change. PARC plans an investigation to address these questions in conjunction with the UNFPA Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office and other partners.

More information to follow.