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Global Health Researchers, Workers Should Co-Produce Knowledge With Local Communities

Forbes: Why Global Health Researchers Should Climb Down From the Ivory Tower
Carmen Nobel, senior editor of Harvard Business School Working Knowledge

“… [T]here’s a dearth of co-production in the public health sector, which often depends entirely on faraway academics and organizations to solve local problems. This frustrates [Nava] Ashraf [an associte professor at Harvard Business School], who for more than a decade has studied behavioral economics in the context of developing countries. She believes that global health researchers and public health workers should make a point of co-producing knowledge with those who will most benefit from it: the residents of the communities they study. … Recognizing the importance of knowledge co-production can lead not only to successful products and services, but also to improved supply chain and delivery strategies…” (8/6).