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Enablers of Gender Equitable Scientific Career Progression in Sub-Saharan Africa: Insights from the DELTAS Africa Initiative

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dc.contributor.author Liani, Millicent L.
dc.contributor.author Nyamongo, Isaac K.
dc.contributor.author Pulford, Justin
dc.contributor.author Tolhurst, Rachel
dc.date.accessioned 2023-02-20T13:19:18Z
dc.date.available 2023-02-20T13:19:18Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.citation Liani ML, Nyamongo IK, Pulford J and Tolhurst R. Enablers of gender equitable scientific career progression in Sub-Saharan Africa: Insights from the DELTAS Africa Initiative [version 1; peer review: awaiting peer review] AAS Open Research 2021, 4:42 https://doi.org/10.12688/aasopenres.13243.1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/18856/3/AAS%20Open%20millicent.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://localhost:8080/xmlui/handle/123456789/942
dc.description A preprint archived in AAS Open Research en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Background: This paper present findings on current strategies utilised within selected Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science in Africa’ (DELTAS Africa) consortia to promote gender equitable scientific career progression for researchers, as well as participants’ recommendations for change. Findings are drawn from a wider research study nested within this health-based scientific research capacity strengthening initiative that was aimed at gaining an in-depth understanding of the barriers and enablers of gender equitable scientific career progression for researchers in Sub-Saharan Africa. Methods: We adopted an exploratory qualitative cross-sectional study design. The main method of data collection was in-depth interviews (IDIs) with trainees/research fellows at various career stages affiliated to three purposively selected DELTAS Africa Research Consortia. In addition, key informant interviews (KIIs) with consortia research leaders/directors, co-investigators, and management team were also conducted to corroborate information gathered from the IDIs, and to provide additional insights on the enabling factors/actions and policy processes that were currently in place or proposed to enhance gender equitable career progression. In total, fifty-eight IDIs (32 female and 26 male) and twenty KIIs (4 female and 16 male) were conducted. Interviews were carried out between May and December 2018 in English. Data were analysed inductively based on emergent themes, and aligned to the developed integrated conceptual framework. Results: Three overarching themes were identified. First: micro level efforts - individual coping mechanisms and familial level support. Second: Meso level efforts -existing enabling mechanisms at the institutional level. Third: proposed solutions for positive change towards enhancing gender equitable career progression at micro, meso and macro levels. Conclusions: These findings have implications for future research capacity strengthening programming, including DELTAS Africa II initiative (2021-2025); they provide valuable insights on potential strategies and actions aiming to narrow gender inequities in scientific career progression in the context of sub-Saharan African research institutions. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher AAS Open Research en_US
dc.subject Researchers’ lived experiences en_US
dc.subject Enabling mechanisms en_US
dc.subject Gender equity en_US
dc.subject Scientific career progression en_US
dc.subject Sub-saharan Africa en_US
dc.subject DELTAS Africa en_US
dc.subject Health research capacity strengthening en_US
dc.title Enablers of Gender Equitable Scientific Career Progression in Sub-Saharan Africa: Insights from the DELTAS Africa Initiative en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US

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