North-South health development cooperation often includes research financed largely by external donors.
The cooperation varies between projects and programmes with regard to subject area, mix of disciplines involved, research methods, training components and project management arrangements.
A variety of problems is encountered, but they are rarely described and discussed in published project reports.
We authors conducted a study of a small number of European health researchers collaborating with researchers from the Third World.
We focused upon projects involving both biomedical and social science researchers, and apart from a literature review three methods were applied : self-administered questionnaires to European researchers, semistructured interviews with five IHCAR researchers, and written summaries by the three authors, each on one recent or ongoing collaborative project of their choice.
Most collaborative projects were initiated from the North and are monodisciplinary or partly interdisciplinary in the sense that researchers did independent data collection preceded by joint planning and followed by joint analysis and write-up.
There may be disagreements concerning remuneration such as allowances in relation to fieldwork and training.
Socio-cultural misunderstanding and conflict was reportedly rare, and no serious problems were reported regarding authorship and publishing. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Recherche appliquée, Coopération, Interdisciplinaire, Europe, Pays en développement
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Applied research, Cooperation, Interdisciplinary field, Europe, Developing countries
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0267827
Code Inist : 002B30A01C. Création : 15/07/1997.