On the 20th of June 2019, we gathered with innovators and researchers in Nairobi to celebrate the milestones of our CoDEC research in Kenya, Uganda, and South Africa. Over a sumptuous dinner at the Sankara hotel, we asked the question: How can researchers work better with communities? Below are some of the fun answers we got. We hope to implement these great ideas in the next phase of our work that will include three Universities: Nairobi, Kenya; Stellenbosch, South Africa; and Brunel UK. Stay tuned!
- Researchers should immerse themselves into community realities.
- The community should do the research.
- Researchers and community members should meet half-way.
- Researchers should focus on issues that are important to the community.
- Researchers should use research methods and processes that are already being used in the community.
- Researchers should be genuine and honest. That way, the community will trust them.
- Researchers should design research as a game that the community wants to engage in.
- Researchers should influence policy changes to ensure that their work has wide relevance beyond the community context.
- Researchers should be the COMMUNITY!