Compromise and complicity: Partnership and interdependence in a global challenges research collaboration

Mariangela Palladino*, Laura Jeffery, Dounia Benslimane, Olfa Arfaoui

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

This article contributes to debates on international collaborations by examining contradictions between the decolonial turn and the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund which imposed Global North leadership on Global South partners. Through the lenses of compromise and complicity, the article explores how collaborators strive to work together equitably within the constraints of a UK government Official Development Assistance funding scheme. Drawing on focus group discussions with members of a research team, the article traces, first, their engagement with political and institutional constraints and, second, their articulation of collaborative compromise and productive complicity. The article foregrounds the generative potential of complicity as a productive concept that can help partners to navigate the challenges of interdependence and partnership entailed in North–South, South–South, cross-sector and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGlobal Social Challenges Journal
Early online date7 Sept 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Sept 2023

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • compromise
  • complicity
  • global challenges
  • development research
  • collaboration


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