Posts Tagged ‘Musonda Simwinga’

Who is answerable to whom? Exploring the complex relationship between researchers, community and Community Advisory Board (CAB) members in two research studies in Zambia

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018


This paper explores the accountability relationships that arise between researchers, the community and community representative structures known as Community Advisory Boards (CABs). It draws on ethnographic and case study research that documented the history, recruitment, composition and representativeness of two CABs and their relationships with researchers and communities, carried out in two studies in Zambia between 2010 and 2014. The findings revealed contradictions, nuances and imbalances in actual community participation and representation. In both studies, the general population was not given the opportunity to participate in the election of their CAB representatives, and the elected CAB members themselves were initially told to have little or no direct contact with research participants whom they were supposed to represent (unless researchers dictated otherwise). Owing to the researchers’ monopoly of scientific knowledge, literacy and financial resources, power relations were imbalanced. Further, researchers were quick to ask for and formalise community commitment through the CABs whilst reticent about their own accountability to the community. Yet despite these imbalances and CABs lacking formal authority over researchers, CABs did have subtle powers arising from their wider influence in the community, which they could tap into to either support or resist research. To achieve a more balanced and open accountability between research stakeholders, more genuine participatory processes need to be built and sustained.


Keywords: Accountability, community engagement, community advisory boards (CABs), power, representation

Implementing Community Engagement for Combination Prevention: Lessons Learnt From the First Year of the HPTN 071 (PopART) Community-Randomized Study

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Book Release: Research Ethics in Africa

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

We are excited to announce the publication of Research Ethics in Africa: A Resource for Research Ethics Committees, a new book that focuses on research ethics issues in Africa by Mariana Kruger, Paul Ndebele (FABTP alumnus), and Lyn Horn.

Funded by an EDCTP capacity development grant, the book brought together past EDCTP and Fogarty trainees who now actively work in the field of research ethics, to write a book on research ethics, from a uniquely African perspective.

Part I introduces the book, provides a history of research ethics in Africa and the discussed the MARC project (the Mapping of Research ethics committees throughout Africa). Part II  ‘The Research Ethics Committee’ comprises five chapters and covers the operation of an REC including running a meeting, developing standard operating procedures etc. Part III covers many specific topics such as traditional medicine research, public health research, vulnerable participants, risk benefit assessment and many others.  Part IV is a section with valuable resources such as a chapter on Educational resources and the Part V contains some useful templates.

We are very proud to list the following FABTP alumni among the authors in this collection:

Nicola Barsdorf ’03

Caroline Kithinji ’06

Paul Ndebele ’01

Musonda Simwinga ’07

Paulina Tindana ’02

The book is available as a paper copy and an ebook, which will be free of charge for persons living in Africa.

Research Ethics in Africa: A Resource for Research Ethics Committees Mariana Kruger, Paul Ndebele, Lyn Horn. 2014 SUN MeDIA ISBN 978-1920689-30-8

Applying ethical principles to international community-based research: A case study from the consortium to respond effectively to the AIDS-TB epidemic (CREATE).

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Effect of household and community interventions on the burden of tuberculosis in southern Africa: the ZAMSTAR community-randomised trial

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Children’s role in enhanced case finding in Zambia

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Tuberculosis Infection in Zambia: The Association with Relative Wealth

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Mr. Musonda Simwinga

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

Mr. Musonda Simwinga graduated from the University of Zambia with a Bachelor degree in Public Administration and Development Studies. He then went on to complete a Masters in Policy Studies through the Southern African Regional Institute for Policy Studies in Zimbabwe.

As the Study Manager for the Zambia and South Africa TB and AIDS Reduction (ZAMSTAR) Study, Mr. Simwinga manages a large team of intervention field worker s and is in charge of the day to day running and logistics of the study. He has been instrumental in the research ethics training of study staff members and has also worked to establish Community Advisory Boards (CABs) in all the study sites.

Mr. Simwinga looks forward to the Program, which he believes will greatly help him in designing appropriate training and capacity building activities for the Community Advisory Boards (CABs) he has helped establish in Zambia. Mr. Simwinga also intends to apply for a PhD with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) to examine the question of when and how CABs can become true representatives of the communities they serve. Thus, Mr. Simwinga also hopes the Training Program will provide him with a good opportunity to further develop his research question.