Statement "Victimisation is colonial thinking as well"
In DLF’s programme on 27/12/2020 "Colonial thinking in science: ethical dumping" you report on an issue that is of great importance to us as researchers working in and on the Global South. We are, however, concerned about factual errors in two of the projects covered in the contribution from our several years of research, namely the Mosquirix malaria vaccine (Kwaku Poku Asante, Uli Beisel, Samuel Chatio, John Kuumuori Ganle) and the Banana21 project in Uganda (Stephen Buah, Sandra Calkins). From this expertise, we would like to comment on some of the statements made in the podcast, and nuance the argument of the podcast as a whole. When analysing and critiquing colonial thought and action in research, it is particularly important to look closely. Furthermore, it is crucial to involve project participants from the Global South in the reporting - because victimisation and a lack of inclusion of voices from the Global South also corresponds to colonial thinking and action.