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Research Partner Project Focus at European Parliament

The Wits School of Law is a member of the TRUST research collaboration that focuses on equity in international research. TRUST will present at an event entitled Ethic Dumping at European Parliament on 29 June 2018.

Achieving equity in international research is one of the pressing concerns of the 21st century. Ethics dumping or the application of double standards in research involves the export of non-ethical research practices to low- and middle- income countries. Addressing this challenge is a highly timely and urgent requirement to ensure equitable international research relations. 

TRUST

Many international groups and organisations are working on governance frameworks and standards to guide research activities, especially with increasing globalization. However, their efforts are disparate and lacking a guiding vision.  The TRUST partner project aims to open up new horizons in improving adherence to high ethical standards globally. The Wits School of Law is one of 13 organisations partnering in TRUST. The School’s participation is led by Professor Pamela Andanda. The project’s strategic output are three sets of tools based on participatory engagement covering all continents: (1) a global code of conduct for funders (2) a fair research contracting on-line tool and (3) a compliance and ethics follow-up tool, which takes limited resources into account.

Ethics Dumping Event

TRUST will present at an event entitled Ethic Dumping at European Parliament on 29 June 2018. The goal of theevent is to catalyse a global collaborative effort to improve adherence to high ethical standards around the world. The guiding vision embraces the values of fairness/justice, honesty, respect and care, in an effort to create mutual trust. 

Avoiding double standards in research is a prerequisite for supporting the biggest justice effort of our generation, achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs) that rely on science, technology and innovation.  Prof. Jeffrey Sachs will provide a keynote address on the link between inclusive development, justice and the SDGs whilst the importance of fairness in international research will be emphasized in a keynote lecture from Irina Bokova, the former Director General of UNESCO.

Avoiding ethics dumping is also a prerequisite for the success of programs such as Horizon 2020. A Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource-Poor Settings, a Fair Research Contracting Toolbox and Recommendations for Ethics-compliance will be distributed at the event. The tools were co-created with vulnerable populations promoting the values of fairness, honesty, respect and care. Indigenous leaders from the Kalahari and a spokeswoman for sex workers from Nairobi will speak at the event. The event is relevant to all policy makers working on inclusion and justice issues in international development as well as all departments that fund research. Outcomes of the event can contribute to improving equitable research and development cooperation, with particular emphasis on capacity-building and benefit-sharing.

More information about TRUST can be found here. 

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