Canadian Global Health Research Harmonization Database

The result of a two-phase pilot project that has been developed by the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR) with the support of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), the Harmonization Initiative is an effort to identify who is doing what and where with Canadian global health research dollars.

Why Harmonization?

The aim of this pilot project is to encourage better networking among Canadian global health researchers working within a specific low and middle-income country (LMIC), with the hopes of contributing to more harmonization and possible collaboration among Canadian global health researchers and LMIC research partners.  This project concept responds to the international call for better coordination of overseas development dollars investments.  In 2005, governments and development agencies agreed to the Paris Declaration – committing to the harmonization, alignment and better management of all overseas aid. In practice, however, little has changed. Programs and projects addressing LMIC health issues are rarely coordinated; inefficient duplication often follows. In the case of Canadian global health research, researchers are often unaware of each others’ work, and institutions (e.g. universities, agencies) have little knowledge of what other institutions are doing. The end result is research findings and processes that are scattered and isolated, with Canadian inputs rarely coalescing into a critical mass pushing for concerted, evidence-informed change.

Pilot Countries

The following countries were part of the CCGHR’s initial CIHR-funded Harmonization Initiative that took place during 2012 and 2013.  Please click on the links below to access the homepage for each country database:

We encourage you to look around each of these databases, and if you find a location where your name, project, institution, or research information is missing, use the links provided at the bottom of each page to provide us with the relevant details.  If you have information relevant to research environment, research ethics, or foreign aid policies that you think would be useful to others, please email us at

Thank you and we hope you find this information useful!

Thank You to Our Collaborators!

We would like to thank the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, particularly the Standing Committee on Ethics, for supporting the initial information-gathering stage of this initiative.

We would also like to say a big THANK YOU to all of those who have helped us pull this database together over the course of the project:

  • Cameroon – Dr. Lawrence Mbuagbaw and Dr. Pierre Ongolo-Zogo
  • Ethiopia – Ms. Yige Mekonnen, Ms. Gillian Round, Dr. Abraham Aseffa
  • Honduras – Dr. Ana Sanchez, Mr. Jose Gabrie
  • Mongolia – Dr. Tsogtbaatar Byambaa
  • Nepal – Ms. Sirjana Pant
  • Tanzania – Ms. Jessica Sleeth
  • Uganda – Dr. Rhona Mijumbi, Mr. Joe Bahemuka, Ms. Sarah Rostom, Dr. Susan Watt
  • Zambia – Ms. Abby Speller, Dr. Cathy Cameron