Embedding Capacity Development In Global Health Research


Interactive Panel Discussion


19 May 2021, 3 pm UK time, 4 pm CET




The Geneva Health Forum, together with The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) organized on 19 May an online session that discussed this recent commentary, which resulted from work initiated at the Geneva Health Forum. With an aim to overcome the research capacity gap in global health research between the Global North and Global South, this session will inspire you to consider embedding capacity development in global health research.

The one-hour webinar included a panel discussion, presentations and case studies from Ethiopia and the Central African region, as well as time for an open discussion.


The current global COVID-19 pandemic has clearly brought to light that all countries, including low-income and middle-income countries, need robust health research capacity to monitor and manage current and future health challenges.

There is a clear research capacity gap between the Global North and Global South and it is closing too slowly, and governments, funders and academic institutions are not investing sufficiently to bridge this chasm.

The past year has also shown us that good public health management can be found in the Global South. An equitable partnership in research offers opportunities for joint innovations and mutual capacity development.


This one-hour interactive panel discussion will inspire participants to embed capacity development within all global health research.

Two case studies from sub-Saharan Africa will show how mutual capacity development can work when it is embedded as an integral part of the research project.

Themes covered in this session will include:

  • How we can encourage global health funders to allocate resources for research capacity development, and how countries in sub-Saharan Africa can invest resources to develop domestic research capacity.
  • Addressing the power imbalance between collaborating partners from the Global North and Global South which leads to unfair ownership of data and unfair authorship.
  • Researching real-world problems: encouraging global health research undertaken in academic institutions in the Global South to focus on health system challenges in their own countries.
  • Valuing research capacity development as highly as the generation of new scientific knowledge by the academicians and universities in the Global South and Global North, by global health research funders and by governments.


The session will include pre-recorded presentations and short videos followed by a round table discussion with:

  • Susna De, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle
  • Marta Tufet, UK Collaborative on Development Research, London
  • John Amuasi, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology School of Public Health, Ghana
  • Margaret Gyapong, University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ghana

The interactive panel discussion will be hosted by Peter Steinmann (Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute) and Joanna Schellenberg (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine).


  • Global health funders
  • Academic institutions in the Global South and North
  • Academicians
  • Students of global health
  • National and international NGOs working in global health