Developing an international network for clinical research: the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership experience

Author(s): Charles Mgone, Michael Makanga, Thomas Nyirenda

The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) supports international networks for clinical research through partnerships. This initiative aims to accelerate the development of new or improved interventions to fight HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. The EDCTP experience in fostering international networks through integrated projects and regional networks of excellence with particular focus opportunities and challenges are discussed. The need to develop local scientific leadership and ownership, in addition to African countries taking the lead in both setting their own research agendas and prioritizing financing of these research activities, is emphasized. The need to promote collaboration with industry and public–private partnerships is also highlighted. Moreover, the critical role of monitoring and evaluation of research networks, linking their outputs to the financial investments is underpinned.