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Knowledge-based North-South Partnerships: an effective model for promoting development in higher education?

Nakabugo, Mary Goretti; Cremin, Peadar

Abstract:
This article illustrates the perceived benefits of partnerships in Higher Education that stress capacity building in both north and south. The challenges associated with the model and the need to imbed capacity building programmes into such partnerships to enhance shared understandings of mutuality is also highlighted. The above findings illustrate the perceived benefits of partnerships that stress capacity building in both north and south. On the other hand, they also highlight the challenges associated with the model. The fact that the African counterparts regarded the partnership as a means to access resources, equipment and scholarships, while the Irish saw it as a way of accessing good doctoral students, placements for their students and research samples raises an ethical issue of partnerships in terms of give and take. Given the fact that the north (Ireland) is not only the funder of the partnership but also the source of postgraduate scholarships and research equipment also raises the question of how the south would guarantee ownership of knowledge produced consistent with the core principle of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. There would be need to imbed capacity building programmes into such partnerships to enhance shared understandings of mutuality that goes beyond short-term extrinsic benefits to long-term intrinsic gains leading to own knowledge production and sharing.

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Title of Paper: Knowledge-based North-South Partnerships: an effective model for promoting development in higher education?
Publisher: NORRAG
City: Edinburgh


Date:2009
Document Type:Other (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Contributory Studies and Research Approaches
Country:International
Keywords:North South Partnerships, Higher Education, Knowledge, Economy


File Size:87 KB
Additional information:A final version of this brief is published in King, K. (Ed.) A Safari towards aid effectiveness? A critical look at the Paris Declaration & the Accra Agenda for Action as part of the new aid reform architecture. Edinburgh: NORRAG - NN42, June 2009.
Date Added:09 September 2010


Knowledge-based North-South Partnerships: an effective model for promoting development in higher education?