Knowledge contributes to development in several different ways: as a productive resource, as an essential input for education, scientific research, industrial technology, as catalyst to the social change and economic development and as a basis for civilization and cultural value that promote integrity and harmony which are essential foundations for development.
Strengthening health research capacity in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) has been identified as a driver of development and requirement for efficient investment of limited resources. Among the unique challenges that LMICs face when undertaking research for health are a persistent shortage of experienced researchers and competent interdisciplinary research teams, limited research career opportunities, intense competition for scarce resources targeting LMIC priorities and an urgent need for translating research results into policy and practice.
OpenSourceResearch Collaboration workshops in LMICs are designed to provide meaningful learning experiences for our junior researchers that enable them to develop curiosity, communication skills, critical thought, perspective, and disciplinary excellence.
In these workshops, we are committed to ensuring a safe, inclusive, and equitable environment for the junior researchers. In order to achieve a distinctive experience, we create opportunities for researchers to:
- develop as people, professionals, and leaders in their communities;
- explore, take risks, and push boundaries, even if this makes them uncomfortable;
- build resiliency and a growth mindset through overcoming adversity and learning from challenges; be self-reflective, appreciate the perspectives of others, and develop relationships that are cultivated through everyday interactions; and,
- appreciate the world around them and understand sustainability principles at a broad level.
The gap between developed and developing countries in knowledge is expanding to a threatening challenge that may disrupt the balance in our world and can create a serious crisis.
The balance in knowledge distribution is important as we are sharing this planet. The COVID-19 pandemic has proved this.
But how to tackle this complex challenge?
One of the greatest challenges facing knowledge generation in developed countries is the absence of infrastructure. Dedicated investment in research and development in is governed by many sensitive political and economic factors. But one of the pillars in this infrastructure is human resource. OpenSourceResearch Collaboration offers researchers and to be researchers an incubator/ accelerator that adopt their research ideas and help in transforming these ideas to solid knowledge.
Through workshops, mentorship and engaging researchers from LMICs in innovative OpenSourceResearch Collaboration’s research teams, we are contributing to knowledge dissemination and thus catalysing development in LMICs.
In OpenSourceResearch Collaboration, we are open and we would like to collaborate with organizations, academic centres and governmental agencies that share these aims.