Do you want to avoid ‘ethics dumping’, i.e. the export of unethical research practices to low and middle income countries ? Apply the Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource-Poor Settings and its four central values: fairness, respect, care and honesty.

Research partnerships between high-income and lower-income settings can be highly advantageous for both parties. Or they can lead to ethics dumping, the practice of exporting unethical research practices to lower-income settings.

This Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource-Poor Settings counters ethics dumping by:

  • providing guidance across all research disciplines
  • presenting clear, short statements in simple language to achieve the highest possible accessibility
  • focusing on research collaborations that entail considerable imbalances of power, resources and knowledge
  • using a new framework based on the values of fairness, respect, care and honesty.

Those applying the code will be researchers and research funders who oppose double standards in research and support long-term equitable research relationships between partners in lower-income and high-income settings based on fairness, respect, care and honesty.