How are research for development programmes implementing and evaluating equitable partnerships to address power asymmetries?

Mieke Snijder*, Rosie Steege, Michelle Callander, Michel Wahome, M. Feisal Rahman, Marina Apgar , Sally Theobald, Louise J. Bracken, Laura Dean, Bintu Mansaray, Prasanna Saligram, Surekha Garimella , Sophia Arthurs-Hartnett, Robinson Karuga , Adriana Elizabeth Mejía Artieda, Victoria Chengo , Joanes Atela

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Abstract

The complexity of issues addressed by research for development (R4D) requires collaborations between partners from a range of disciplines and cultural contexts. Power asymmetries within such partnerships may obstruct the fair distribution of resources, responsibilities and benefits across all partners. This paper presents a cross-case analysis of five R4D partnership evaluations, their methods and how they unearthed and addressed power asymmetries. It contributes to the field of R4D partnership evaluations by detailing approaches and methods employed to evaluate these partnerships. Theory-based evaluations deepened understandings of how equitable partnerships contribute to R4D generating impact and centring the relational side of R4D. Participatory approaches that involved all partners in developing and evaluating partnership principles ensured contextually appropriate definitions and a focus on what partners value.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-379
Number of pages29
JournalEuropean Journal of Development Research
Volume35
Issue number2
Early online date23 Feb 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2023

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