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Title:Research capacity strengthening in social science: achievements and lessons learnt
Authors:Nyamongo, Isaac K.ISNI
Aagaard-Hansen, Jens
Periodical:Mila: a Journal of the Institute of African Studies
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
Subjects:scientific cooperation
medical anthropology
Social sciences--Research
Abstract:The Institute of African Studies (IAS) of the University of Nairobi, Kenya, is one of a number of places in sub-Saharan Africa where anthropologists have been trained. However, IAS is facing constraints when implementing its mandate to train the next generation of students. As a means of addressing this problem, long-term links of collaboration can be established between southern and northern research institutions. This paper discusses achievements and lessons learned from one such South-North collaboration project, viz. the Kenyan-Danish Health Research Project (KEDAHR), which started in 1994 and lasted until 2004. During the period of collaboration, a total of 41 students at various levels have benefited from the programme, leading to 27 completed Masters and 4 PhD theses. The paper pays attention to input, activities, output, research themes - with medical anthropology being the dominant theme -, documentation of the collaboration efforts, long-time versus short-time collaboration, the dissemination of results, and missed opportunities. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]