Addressing power imbalances in co-production

Co-production is an increasingly popular approach to knowledge generation encouraged by donors and research funders. However, power dynamics between institutions in the Global North and South can, if not adequately managed, impede the effectiveness of co-production and pose risks for long-term sustainability.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported through two funding sources: the Future Climate for Africa programme, with financial support from the UK Government’s DFID and the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), grant refs. NE/M020010/1 (Kulima), NE/M020347/1 (UCT) and NE/M020428/1 (CEH); and the Weather and Climate Information Services for Africa (WISER) programme, funded by the UK Department for International Development (project contract no. P104414). We thank D. Conway, E. Archer, D. Kniveton, C. Audia, S. Moosa, J. Araujo, A. McClure and C. Jack for comments on earlier drafts.

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Vincent, K., Carter, S., Steynor, A. et al. Addressing power imbalances in co-production. Nat. Clim. Chang. (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-020-00910-w

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