Cracking Collaboration

A new look at partnerships in international development research 

INTRAC, World Vision and the University of Bradford received a small grant from the Development Studies Association under the New Ideas Initiative. The project (March-June 2012) explored research collaboration between academics and NGOs in international development, looking at:

  • how partnerships are negotiated and navigated
  • the impetus behind partnerships
  • how collaboration affects research results
  • the highs and lows of collaboration

A two-day workshop was held in London on 3-4 May 2012. Participants explored how and why academics and practitioners collaborate and some of the benefits and challenges of collaboration. Speakers included Rachel Hayman from INTRAC, Jess Camburn from ELRHA, Mark Robinson from DFID and Duncan Green from Oxfam GB.

Project resources:

Join the discussion on Facebook. We want to hear about experiences of collaboration and get input on our core concerns:

  • How to capture more experiences of collaboration and learn from them
  • Tackling institutional obstacles to collaboration within universities and NGOs
  • Encouraging knowledge sharing through greater transparency and access to both academic research and resources held by NGOs
  • Addressing skills and ethics gaps in collaborative research

Taking this forward, we are doing more conceptual work on models of collaboration, and taking action in collaboration with ELRHA, the Development Studies Association and NGO networks.

Contact Rachel Hayman for more information.