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Scientists slam lack of trust in cooperation with Global South


Government must offer fairer support to poorer nations and reduce bureaucracy, group demands

A group of 70 researchers have complained to the German government about review practices and funding streams aimed at partners in the Global South.

In an open letter to the science ministry, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft—Germany’s largest public research funder—and the German Academic Exchange Service say the bureaucracy accompanying work with partners in less-developed nations is disproportionately high. They also write that complicated legal requirements demanded by the government are hindering cooperation, and that little room is afforded to innovative ideas.

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