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Ethics in Development Research

Dear colleague,

Thanks for being interested in participating in this survey!

In this survey, we will ask you about potential ethical challenges that you have encountered when working in research projects collecting primary data in low and middle income countries. These challenges might include, among others, inadequate working conditions, threats to physical safety and mental health as well as lack of scientific acknowledgement.

This survey will take around 10-15 minutes.

We will use this data to inform the prevalence of potential ethical challenges across the globe and the discussion on improving working conditions for research staff.

If you have any question or suggestion, please write us to

This survey is conducted by researchers at the German Development Institute, the Georg-August University Goettingen, the TUM School of Governance, Universidad del Rosario and Innovations for Poverty Action in Colombia.

Thank you for supporting this work!

There are 51 questions in this survey.

What the study is about: You are being asked to take part in a research study on work conditions in projects collecting primary data in countries of the Global South. The study will be conducted among research staff with experience in primary data collection in countries of the Global South. The purpose of this study is to examine which challenges respondents encountered during their work. Please read this form carefully and contact the responsible researchers in case you have any questions via:

What we will ask you to do: If you agree to be in this study, you will be asked to answer a series of questions. Those connect to your demographic background as well as your previous work experience and potential challenges in primary data collection.

Risks and benefits:
We aim at using this study’s results to develop a set of guidelines and principles safeguarding the well-being of research staff involved in projects conducted in low- and middle-income countries. We hope that these will lead to a greater consideration by implementing institutions.

Statement of Consent
I have read the above information.

I understand that no personal information about me that can identify me is collected, such as [e.g. my name or where I live].

I give permission for the data that I provide to be archived in so it can be used for future research and learning.

I consent voluntarily to be a participant in this study and understand that I can refuse to answer questions and I can withdraw from the study at any time, without having to give a reason.

I am informed that special categories of personal data (e.g. gender, nationality, ethnic origin) may be processed.

I agree to participate in the survey and consent to the associated processing of my stored data.

Data processing and protection: The data processing is being conducted by a group of researchers, including [1] Dr. Lennart Kaplan at the University of Göttingen (Germany), [2] Dr. Jana Kuhnt at the German Development Institute (Germany), [3] Prof. Dr. Janina Steinert at the Technical University of Munich (Germany) and [4] Dr. Ana Garcia-Hernandez at Universidad del Rosario and Innovation for Poverty Action (Colombia).
Responsible for the collection and processing of the personal data is [1] the University of Goettingen, represented by the president, Wilhelmsplatz 1, 37073 Goettingen, [2] Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)/German Development Institute represented by the director, Tulpenfeld 6, 53113 Bonn, [3] Technical University of Munich Richard-Wagner-Straße 1 80333 München represented by the president, and [4] Universidad del Rosario, Calle 12C Nº 6-25 - Bogotá D.C. Colombia

The respective Data Protection officers are
[1] Prof. Dr. Andreas Wiebe, LL.M. (Virginia),
Platz der Goettinger Sieben 6
37073 Goettingen

[2] Marcel Behrens
Tulpenfeld 6
53113 Bonn

[3] Werner Bleicher
Arcisstraße 21
80333 München

[4] Viviana Caro
Universidad del Rosario
Calle 12C Nº 6-25 - Bogotá D.C.

Your answers will be confidential. The records of this study will be kept strictly confidential and will not be used for other purposes except writing scientific research papers. In any sort of report we make public we will not include any information that will make it possible to identify you. Data collected will be kept on a secure server.

The data collected in the aforesaid research project will be archived for a minimum of 10 years at a password-secured drive of the Chair of Development Economics and a sealed repository like the Data Archive for the Social Sciences (DAS) provided by GESIS, Germany.
As far as the data processing is based on your consent, you have the right to revoke the consent at any time. The data processing carried out up to then remains legal, the revocation is only valid for the future. In this case your data will be deleted immediately. Moreover, you have a right of appeal to the:

Data Protection Commissioner of Lower Saxony
Prinzenstraße 5
30159 Hannover

While the rights to revocation, rectification, or restriction only apply as long as your data can be connected to your person, the right to appeal remains unaffected.