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CCGHR Principles for Global Health Research

CCGHR Principles for Global Health Research

Health inequities are often avoidable consequences of actions and contexts that disproportionately advantage some groups over others. These negatively affect human rights, including the right to health. Global health research aims to promote greater equity worldwide. The six principles presented here encourage researchers and others to adopt more ethical and equitable forms of global health research.

These principles adopted by CAGH were developed through a multi-phase, dialogue-based research in response to a call for action from researchers, funders, and administrators who indicated a need for greater governance to support global health research. We gratefully acknowledge the contributions of the 300+ participants who offered their thoughtful perspectives to these studies, our advisors and reviewers, our dynamic research team, and the funding support provided by the Global Health Research Initiative (GHRI) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

Refer to the resources below to learn more about the Principles for Global Health Research:


In the spring of 2021, the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) released its much-awaited Framework for Action on Global Health Research 2021-2026. This framework is the result of extensive consultation and engagement, including several in-person and virtual consultations hosted across Canada by the Coalition. 

The framework recognizes that Canada’s approach to global health research has evolved over the years, with the launch of the framework firmly positioning CIHR in a new era – what they are calling “Global Health 3.0″. Among other things, this new chapter in Canadian global health research aims to empower Cthumbnailanadian researchers to strengthen coherence in research, promote evidence-informed decision making, & cultivate international collaborations to drive mutual benefits from global research and innovation.

Importantly, as part of this framework, CIHR has formally adopted the principles for global health research as a best practice in conducting global health research.

CIHR recognizes that the Principles provide an equity-centered framework and invite researchers to question their assumptions and roles in the global health research process. To foster a culture of excellence, CIHR formally adopts the Principles framework as a best practice in conducting global health research and will implement mechanisms to ensure that they are followed by researchers where relevant and appropriate. 

Download the CIHR Framework (pdf)