APC waivers make sense for quality OA publications who do well from those who do pay. But it is the soft underbelly of OA equity, as journals published in LMIC countries have to cope with low fees AND waivers. Their development is stunted and renders them largely dependent on personal sacrifice (voluntary labour) of their editors.
HIFA profile: Bryan Pearson published Africa Health journal for 40 years before handing it over in August 2018 to the African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST) in Kampala. He remains Consulting Editor on the title and occupies the rest of his time providing communications consultancy services on health and other development issues; as well as developing a mango and pineapple farm in Ghana’s Volta Region; and an eco tourism project at Watamu on Kenya’s magnificent coast. bryan AT fsg.co.uk