South-South collaboration perspectives

Successful methods course in Nepal informs BSU Phase 2 plans in Kenya and Uganda.

2013.06.20 | Martin Damgaard Larsen

In Phase 2 there will be series of four workshops in Research Methodology Training in Nepal, Kenya, and Uganda, respectively. Spread over a period of 6-8 months the workshop series will emulate research projects and include small-scale training projects as an important component. As part of the faculty training these new methods courses evolve from a series of similar workshops in Nepal during Phase 1, where researchers from Roskilde University, Aarhus University, and Tribhuvan University had a successful collaboration in this respect. 

Ulla Ambrosius Madsen from Roskilde University is one of the Danish researchers who participated in accomplishing the Research Methodology Training workshops in Nepal last year and early 2013. As she explains the workshop participants had different exercises along the way that functioned as groundwork for possible research projects, thereby rooting the methodology training in local and thematically relevant contexts.

 In order to adapt the methods course content and experiences from Nepal to new institutional contexts in Kenya and Uganda, Ulla Ambrosius Madsen suggests that this could be done by inviting a selected group of South partner staff members for a one-week workshop in Denmark with the purpose of collaborating on a tailored compendium and programme.

 Thereby, new vital steps in developing South-South collaboration within the PSDR themes could be taken, and a variety of issues concerning research methodology in Nepal will be highly relevant to (re)use at East African Universities, Ulla Ambrosius Madsen says.  

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