Responding to George Monbiot’s recent article in the Guardian on the exorbitant costs some academic publishers charge for access to research, Globethics.net 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 Globethics.net 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