Equitable Partnerships in International Research

When undertaking international research and innovation activities, projects must recognise and address the possible impact of contextual, societal and cultural differences on the ethical conduct of those activities.

Researchers and innovators should also adhere to the principles of equitable partnerships to address inherent power imbalances when working with partners in resource-poor settings.

In this webinar, in partnership with UKRI and GCRF, we will explore how different Hubs and institutions build, maintain, and evaluate equitable partnerships and help ensure that research outcomes are mutually beneficial.





Chairs: Claire Heffernan, PI for UKRI GCRF Action Against Stunting Hub and Sian Zarkow, Senior Policy Manager – Global Challenges Research Fund


Chris Desmond is an economist specializing in social policy research related to children. His work has focused on children affected by HIV, early childhood development, including the impact of early growth on cognitive development, the challenges of conducting economic evaluations of social interventions, including those concerned with the care of children and, more recently, the determinants of adolescent wellbeing. Chris is a Co-Director of the UKRI GCRF Accelerating Achievement for Africa’s Adolescents Hub. He is an Honorary Research Associate at the Centre for Rural Health at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, an Associate Professor at Wits School of Public Health, and a Research Associate at Brigham and Woman’s Hospital. He has a PhD in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Economics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Until 2017, Chris was a Research Director at the Human Sciences Research Council, in the Human and Social Development research program. Dr Desmond was previously a Research Associate at the FXB Centre for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, and the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Twitter: @mpc_sa


Linet Okoth is a Senior Technical Advisor, Community Health and a safeguarding lead at LVCT Health, Kenya. She is part of the ARISE Kenya team and the LVCT Health ARISE safeguarding lead. She has vast experience in policy engagement at National, County, Sub-county and community levels and provides leadership, direction and technical oversight on community health implementation. She has over ten years’ experience in HIV/AIDS, TB/HIV, Nutrition, reproductive health, family planning, malaria, maternal, new-born and child health programming. She is passionate about making the voice of the community members heard and involved in decision making. She is a member of the National Covid 19, Quality Improvement, Community Health technical working groups and contributed to the development of the 2020-2024 Community strategy document and facilitators manual on QI for level 1. Twitter: @Linetokoth2


Sally Theobald is a Professor in Social Science and International Health at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. She has a disciplinary background of geography and development studies and a PhD in Gender, Health and Development. She is a social scientist with over  25  years’ experience of collaborative research projects focusing on gender, equity, health systems strengthening systems in different contexts (including in fragility and in informal urban settlements) in Africa and Asia. Sally is PI for the GCRF ARISE hub (Accountability and Responsiveness in Informal Settlements for Equity) which includes partnerships in Bangladesh, India, Kenya and Sierra Leone. Twitter: @sallytheobald 




The UKRI GCRF Accelerating Achievement for Africa’s Adolescents (Accelerate) Hub generates evidence on which development accelerators – alone and in synergy with each other – can support adolescents in Africa to reach multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Accelerate Hub brings together interdisciplinary research teams focusing on supporting children and young people in thriving in the second decade of life: adolescence. Their unified goal is to promote high-quality evidence to improve the lives of adolescents in resource-limited settings. Twitter: @accelerate_hub 


The ARISE Hub collects data, build capacity and support people to exercise their right to health. They work closely with – and be guided by – communities themselves: vulnerable people living in informal settlements who are often ‘off the map’. Their vision is to catalyse change in approaches to enhancing accountability and improving the health and wellbeing of poor, marginalised people living in informal urban settlements. Twitter: @ARISEHub


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Event details

When: 30 November, 2020 - 2:00 pm