The path to research leadership in Africa and India
Most theories of leadership focus on high-income countries, with comparatively little research on leadership in low-income countries. These reports explore the landscape of research leadership in Africa and India, based on interviews with more than 600 researchers and research leaders.
- perspectives on and experiences of research leadership in Africa and India, based on interviews with 330 stakeholders in 25 African countries and 283 researchers in India.
- practical recommendations on how to develop research leaders – including an African Research Leadership model, and a draft curriculum for leadership training programmes in India.
Who they're for
- research leaders
- policy makers
Pathway to leadership in Africa
- Successful African research leadership requires relational qualities – such as being a role model, developing a vision and strategy, and focusing on societal impact and the common good of the community.
- Early-career researchers in Africa cannot always focus on developing their research expertise, because there is a lack of support with research management and administration.
- Many talented researchers still rely on North-South collaborations for their career development.
- Institutions should be strategic about developing their researchers by spotting leadership potential, encouraging formal and informal development opportunities at all career stages, and supporting mentoring, coaching and gender equality initiatives.
Pathway to leadership in India
- Successful Indian research leadership requires relevant personal traits and competencies, research management skills and the ability to build strong teams, self-awareness and work-life balance, and engagement and advocacy within and beyond the host institution.
- Institutions can promote research leadership by allowing space for intellectual freedom, encouraging a culture of excellence and healthy competition among peers, valuing research, and having a functional grant management office.