The challenge of promoting southern knowledge

Responding to George Monbiot’s recent article in the Guardian on the exorbitant costs some academic publishers charge for access to research, raise an important point about how such practices accentuate a ” knowledge divide ” between the global north and south.

How can most southern research organisations even begin to compete with their northern counterparts who can enjoy advantages such as good funding, greater communications capacity and technical infrastructure ? What can be done to create a level playing field ?

Knowledge brokers such as and GDNet are helping address these inequalities and bringing southern research to centre stage.

Check out the GDNet website and read in particular ” GDNet reflects on the challenges for building capacity in knowledge management in Africa “.

My thanks to Knowledge Brokers’ Forum for highlighting this important area.

Nigel Palmer                                                                                                      Partnerships in Health Information


About nigepalphi

I am a trustee of Partnerships in Health Information. I was librarian of the Health Education Council in London from 1969 to 1972, then librarian of St Mary's Hospital Medical School from 1972 to 2002.
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