Cape Town - The University of Cape Town (UCT) Senate has adopted the Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource-Poor Settings (GCC).
The GCC aims to counter ‘ethics dumping’, broadly the practice of exporting sensitive research not ethically accepted in the global north to the global south and other resource-poor settings.
The practice has gained prominence with globalisation and increased researcher mobility; sometimes it is wilful exploitation, but it can result from a lack of knowledge. The GCC therefore also serves as an educational tool for researchers and research support systems.
UCT Associate Professor Rachel Wynberg, one of the code’s authors shared: “Adoption of the code by UCT confirms the university’s ongoing commitment to transforming research and promoting research practice that is ethical, engaged and relevant. It is entirely fitting that UCT is the first African institution to adopt the code, and I am delighted that we have decided to do so.”
This makes UCT the third adopter of the Global Code, after the European Commission and the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership, and the first adopter in the global south.