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Grieve Chelwa
Same here. I am cagey these days about what I am working on especially when in conversation with northern scholars. I have heard a tonne of horror stories on what Chisomo describes here. I've also had one or two personal stories. And so has
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Grieve Chelwa Aug 10
Replying to @gchelwa
A prominent Europe-based funding entity once stole an idea that I and colleagues had submitted as a research proposal. Turned us down and only for us to discover later on that one of the proposal evaluators based in the UK was now doing "our" research.
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Grieve Chelwa Aug 10
Replying to @gchelwa
Then another UK-based researcher with very close links to this Europe-based funding entity once tried to have the funding entity prevent us (lowly Southern researchers with no clout) from doing further work on work that was already in progress. Why I hear you ask?
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Grieve Chelwa Aug 10
Replying to @gchelwa
Well their own research project which was also on Zambia wasn't coming along nicely & they wanted ours because it was more promising. Luckily for us, we had a Zambian colleague on the inside of this funding entity who warned us in advance.
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Grieve Chelwa Aug 10
Replying to @gchelwa
I am convinced now that many of these western research funding agencies use these Calls For Proposals as mechanisms for harvesting research ideas.
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Wordslinger Aug 13
Replying to @gchelwa
A prominent UK based "Africanist" {read:neo-colonialist} once engaged me on a "joint" project. We Skyped, talked, developed the idea into a concrete proposal. Then he vanished. And reappeared with serious funding on the ground. I was excluded, my emails and texts went unanswered.
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Grieve Chelwa Aug 13
Replying to @Wordslinger_C
I know what this feels like. Pole Sana.
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Gowo Aug 11
Once , we were interviewed and got rejected. 3 weeks later the top NGO started field work. I got a call from a friend telling me that he has seen names of my family on a questionnaire someone interviewed them.He sent snapshot.The poor NGO didn't know. They just copy & pasted 😂
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Grieve Chelwa Aug 11
Gosh. Not surprised though.
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Zachariah Mampilly Aug 13
I wrote about this in my review of a book by an American scholar whose central thesis seemed directly lifted from African intellectuals with zero credit given to their work. The book went on to win multiple lucrative prizes. The review is here:
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Zachariah Mampilly Aug 13
To his credit, the scholar in question did reach out to me after the review appeared for a productive conversation about implicit or explicit bias when it comes to properly crediting African intellectuals for their contributions. Still a major issue that deserves much attention.
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Rock Global Aug 10
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Thread Reader App Aug 10
Replying to @RockGlobal1 @gchelwa
Hallo you can read it here: Thread by : "Same here. I am cagey these days about what I am working on especially when in conversation with northern scholars. I ha […]" See you soon. 🤖
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Dr. Abdalhadi Alijla Aug 10
Please both send me PM. We should write somethibg about that. Can we?
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John Ng'ombe Aug 10
Absolutely!
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Dr. Abdalhadi Alijla Aug 11
Please pM me
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