INASP blog: Supporting access to global information and evidence (2) Access to research in the Global South: Reviewing the evidence

1 February, 2019

The INASP blog I referenced yesterday on HIFA is based on a commissioned external study to answer the question: What is the evidence on whether access to research work is still relevant and needed?

The study is available here:

The review concludes:

'This review set out to find out whether work around access to research still relevant and needed. The evidence reviewed indicates that it is because:

• Research can contribute to achieving development goals and impact;

• Access to research is a core component of research, research uptake and research capacity building systems;

• Current access to research is not equitable, with those working in LLMICs often disadvantaged by lack of the knowledge, skills, infrastructure and enabling environment required for effective access to electronic resources;

• Around two thirds of global research literature remains behind a paywall.'

Best wishes, Neil

Coordinator, HIFA Project on Access to Health Research

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