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Friday, September 23 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
(REF 23147) Sustainability of North - South collaboration in research: Examining hits and misses so far

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70% of grant calls published on the Research Beeline funding platform which targets researchers in the global South require international collaboration. Major funding agencies including European Commission, NIH, UKRI among others often demand applicants from both North and South to work together in submitting applications for their calls. This is truly very much in the spirit of SDG 17, however, constituting the international teams remains one of the main challenges that is hindering global South participation in global funding calls.

There exist challenges on both side of the divide that slow down the process of collaboration and we hope to bring on the table participants from both sides to demystify international collaboration, identify the pain points that hold back participation and at the same time suggest solutions that can be applied at policy and execution level both in our institutions and by individuals (entire research ecosystem).

Despite a clear commitment on moving together and leaving no one behind in attainment of the 17 SDGs, this may be far from achieved, seven years after the SDGs were set. Within SDG 17, there are clear targets to support global south through funding, enhanced capacity in resource mobilization and access to science, technology and innovation; in our session during UNGA77, we cross examine where we are in achieving this goal with a particular interest in North-South cooperation in science, technology and innovation.

With help from our speakers, we explore on the readiness of scientists to work together in collaborative teams and what could be the challenges that has hampered its achievement, what are the mitigation factors both in policy and actions that are needed from both North and South to made immediate progress and what role technology can play in accelerating the needed interventions.

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James Waithaka

Chief Operating Officer, Chief Operations Officer, Research Beeline Ltd
James is a co-founder and the Chief Operations Officer at Research Beeline Limited, the research funding opportunities platform for African institutions. He has been supporting Universities and research institutions in Africa to navigate the intricate funding landscape and currently... Read More →
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Dr Victor Konde

Scientific Affairs Officer, United Nations Economic Commission For Africa
Victor Konde is a Scientific Affairs Officer with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Green Economy Innovation and Technology Section. He is a Post-Doctoral alumnus of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and holds a PhD in Biochemistry (United... Read More →
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Joseph Njogu

CEO, Research Beeline Ltd
Joseph Njogu is the Chief Executive Officer of Research Beeline Ltd, a Kenyan based social enterprise that supports researchers, research institutes and Universities in Africa with research funding information and capacity building resources on all areas of research.In the last 10years... Read More →
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Kora Tushune

Vice President for Business and Development, Jimma University
Kora Tushune is the founding Vice President of Jimma University, Ethiopia, and has served in the position since 1997. Along with his leadership responsibilities he also has academic duties that include teaching, research, and community service. Currently he is an associate professor... Read More →
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Dr Jose Jackson-Malete

Co-Director of the Alliance for African Partnerships, Michigan State University (MSU)
José Jackson-Malete is the Co-Director of the Alliance for African Partnerships (AAP) at Michigan State University, a new initiative established by the University to develop new, innovative ways of partnering with African institutions. She has responsibilities for establishing a... Read More →
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Julia Wiethüchter

Program Manager, World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations (WAITRO)
Julia is the Program Manager of the WAITRO Office in Germany located at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, host of one the Secretariat’s Offices of the World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations. Since 2020 she is working on her doctoral thesis on “’We... Read More →

Friday September 23, 2022 11:00am - 1:00pm EDT