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Programme: Science Engagement Days 27, 28 & 29 March 2023


As a new initiative, Danida Fellowship Centre is hosting a two-day seminar on 28 – 29 March 2023, under a concept we call “Science Engagement Days”.

The overarching theme for the 2023 Science Engagement Days will be Equitable Partnerships in development research projects.

Successful development research addresses shared global challenges. However, collaboration alone does not ensure equity in the partnership. Lopsided power relations produce structural inequalities: what are these contemporary dynamics of inequalities between the South and the North? Why does it matter? How can we play a role in tackling these issues?

Within the scope of the theme, four sub-themes will form the framework for parallel sessions:

  • Equality in authorship: Publications/dissemination and supporting knowledge from the south.
  • Setting the research agenda – Choosing a research problem, methods, and theories in ways that ensure equitable partnerships
  • Financing and institutional set-up – also linked to the frameworks set by funders.
  • Mutual learning – how to ensure – and critically assess the capacity building concept.

Here you can find the tentative programme:

27 March 2023

15.00 onwards Arrivals TCDC All
15.00 – 18.00 Check in and information to participants about dinner TCDC All
18.30 Welcome dinner. Dinner is provided and covered by DFC, at ones own leisure. TCDC All

28 March 2023

7.00 – 8.30 Breakfast Dining Hall All
8.30 – 8.45 Welcome and introduction to the seminar and the participants, Vibeke Quaade, Senior Communications Consultant and Lars Arne Jensen, Research Programme Manager Conference venue / Pan Africa Hall All
8:45 – 10.00 Joint session


Restructuring Development Research Partnerships in North-South Relations: Funding and Institutional Imperatives

by Kwaku  Danso, Research Fellow and Deputy Dean at the Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC).

The messy practice of decolonizing a concept – Everyday humanitarianism in Tanzania

by Consolata Sulley, Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), Tanzania.


Helene Kyed, Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies

Nsubili Isaga, Director of Quality assurance Mzumbe University

Conference venue All
10:00 – 10:30 Welcome and introduction to MS TCDC: Makena Mwobobia, Executive Director MS TCDC Conference venue /Pan Africa Hall All
10:30 – 11.00 Tea/coffee break and finding the parallel sessions
11:00 – 12:00 Parallel sessions – Kick-off and discussions Meeting rooms Groups
12:30 – 13.30 Lunch available Dining Hall All
13.30 – 16:00 Parallel sessions continued Meeting rooms Groups
16.00 – 17:15

Tea/Coffee Break

Presentations from subgroups and plenary discussions/input

Moderators: Helene Kyed and Nsubili Isaga

Conference venue / Pan Africa Hall All
17:15 – 17:30 End of Day BBQ Dinner All
19:00 Dinner available BBQ Dinner All


29 March 2023

7.00 – 8.30 Breakfast available Dining Hall All
8.30 – 9.45 Welcome Day 2

Joint session

Building Equitable Partnerships in a Context of Hierarchical Knowledge Systems

by Sarah Ssali, Associate Professor and Dean of the School of Gender Studies at Makerere University, Uganda.



Equitable research partnerships: A view from the global North

by Charles Hunt,  Associate Professor in the School of Global, Urban & Social Studies at RMIT University in Melbourne and Senior Fellow at the United Nations University Centre for Policy Research in New York

Moderators: Helene Kyed and Nsubili Isaga

Conference venue / Pan Africa Hall All
9.45 – 10.00

Tea/coffee break

Finding the parallel sessions, check out (if you are leaving today)
10.00 – 12.00 Parallel sessions – free choice of subtheme Groups
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch available Dining Hall All
13.30 – 15.00 Parallel sessions continued – including final recommendations in writing Meeting rooms Groups
15.00 – 16.30

Tea/coffee break

Closing plenary

Presentations from each group

Moderators: Helene Kyed and Nsubili Isaga

Conference venue All
16:30 – onwards Departures


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