The Research for Development Partnership Charter
The research for development partnership charter aims to promote fair and balanced partnership relationships based on reciprocal support with a view to reinforcing, through research, training, innovation and public policies that favour the development of the countries of the South.
This Charter is intended to be endorsed by research centers, higher education establishments and any other institutions dealing with scientific issues linked to development, particularly members of the AIRD (Inter-establishment agency for research for development) and members of the various Alliances, in addition to partners from the South or from Europe. This Charter complements the guidelines for professional and ethical standards and best practices in research that are already implemented by the partners concerned.
By endorsing this Charter, the signatories express their desire to abide by an ethos of partnership between the contracting parties, in the mutual interest of and for the joint benefit of the countries of both North and South. To this end they will make every effort to implement the following ten principles:
- To involve national, regional and international stakeholders in the strategic debate leading to the conception of research for development programs aiming at research excellence in harmony with the ethical principles of research and its applications.
- To promote sustainable social and economic development in the South by reinforcing capacity building in research, education, training and innovation.
- To mobilize resources for the benefit of research and higher education communities in the South so as to strengthen research for development and foster resource sharing and sustainability.
- To contribute to the establishment and consolidation of international research networks and structures (platforms, observatories, etc.) integrating global issues of development.
- To adopt a regional approach to the conception of research programs , and particularly, of large-scale interdisciplinary regional programs related to societal, health as well as environmental challenges, so as to respond to the priorities shared with research partners in the South.
- To promote gender parity in all research and development initiatives, from their conception to their development, and in representative and advisory bodies.
- To co-design and co-finance programs and participate jointly to fund raising.
- To involve all stakeholders in the management, implementation and evaluation of research and training programs, as well as in the conception and implementation of value addition plans.
- To co-edit and co-publish between and within North and South, and to promote dissemination of knowledge and innovation, in particular through exchanges between both research and higher education, and research and industry, while acknowledging traditional knowledge.
- To promote the release of outcomes to all stakeholders and to enrich the science/society dialogue, by ensuring benefit sharing and by involving all stakeholders.