There is a growing trend of academic partnerships between U.S., Canadian, and European health science institutions and academic health centers in low- and middle-income countries.
These partnerships often encounter challenges such as resource disparities and power differentials, which affect the motivations, expectations, balance of benefits, and results of the joint
projects. Little has been discussed in previous literature regarding the communication and project management processes that affect the success of such partnerships. To fill the gap in
the literature, the authors present lessons learned from the African Health Open Educational Resources Network, a multicountry, multiorganizational partnership established in May 2008.
The authors introduce the history of the network, then discuss actively engaging stakeholders throughout the project’s life cycle (design, planning, execution, and closure) through professional
development, relationship building, and assessment activities. They focus on communication and management practices used to identify mutually beneficial project goals, ensure timely
completion of deliverables, and develop sustainable sociotechnical infrastructure for future collaborative projects.
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