International NGOs do not generally have ethics panels or processes as universities do. Similarly, many research institutes outside universities do not have access to research ethics committees. This absence jeopardises the quality, accountability and rigour of evidence and research. It also prevents practitioners and non-academic researchers from publishing, given that many academic publications often require ethical assessments.
The Learning and Research Working Group in the Evidence and Collaboration for Inclusive Development (ECID) programme works to create and strengthen the quality of research led by practitioners, and, overall, to eliminate knowledge inequalities in all their forms.
In December 2020, the Learning and Research Working Group in ECID agreed to set up an ECID’s Ethics Panel to address this situation.
Download the Terms of Reference for the Ethics Panel below.