This recent article in University World News describes research from a South African researcher examining the prevalence of collaboration between African and non-African researchers relative to inter-African collaborations.

The study also raises questions regarding the influence of such collaborations on the topics of research performed in Africa and the extent to which these topics reflect local priorities.

The concerns flagged in this report are consistent with the marked interest in building research capacity that we have seen in projects proposed by Academics Without Borders’ university partners in the majority world.