Tough Truths from a Global South Researcher

Too often, global research projects take place in the Global South—but the Northern funders rely on junior local staff to translate the language and social codes.

It’s a delicate process that puts them in a difficult position with their kinfolk—yet many are afraid that questioning research plans could put their job at risk, Chisoma Kalinga, an African researcher based at a UK university, explains in this important commentary.
Kalinga suggests an overhaul of the system, urging Northern grantmakers to start with culturally sensitive forums where “African researchers and academics are given platforms to be authoritative sources of and experts on their cultures and communities.”

Journal of African Cultural Studies

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