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date: 23 October 2020

The Challenges of Making Research Collaboration in Africa More Equitable 

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Politics
Author(s):
Susan DodsworthSusan Dodsworth

Collaborative research has a critical role to play in furthering our understanding of African politics. Many of the most important and interesting questions in the field are difficult, if not impossible, to tackle without some form of collaboration, either between academics within and outside of Africa or between those researchers and organizations from outside the academic world. Where does the “political will” that is so critical to the success of development programs come from? What mechanisms do African citizens use to hold their representatives to account, and are they effective? Which factors determine whether African legislators become defenders of democracy or accomplices to authoritarian executives? How does economic inequality interact with ethnic diversity to shape Africans’ attitudes to each other and toward political institutions? Collaborative research has a vital role to play in answering these questions as well as many others.... ...

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