Growing knowledge and local capacity

IDRC supports initiatives that contribute to knowledge about agriculture, environmental change, health, natural resource management, peace, social equity, and more.

The projects we fund cover a vast range of topics. Our grantees conduct research that helps communities make decisions about resource management that will ensure a sustainable future base. They seek to improve how ecosystems can be managed to safeguard human health. They look at ways of applying science and technology solutions to improve lives and livelihoods.
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Scaling up Intermittent Rice Irrigation for Malaria Control on the North Coast of Peru

New research aims to help control malaria in one watershed in northern Peru.

Malaria is widespread in Peru's arid North Coast because of the extensive irrigation required to support rice paddies. Rice growing in the region accounts for …

Labour Market Inequality in Brazil and India: A Comparative Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) Study

Think tanks in Brazil and India are joining forces to examine the factors behind wage inequality in their countries and propose policy options to reduce inequality in labour markets.

While these two economies have succeeded in reducing …

Welfare Evaluation and the Economic Impacts of Climate Change on Water Supply and Demand in Chile, Colombia, and Bolivia

Across Latin America, water consumption is increasing significantly due to population growth and economic growth. Higher temperatures and less precipitation as a result of climate change are expected to diminish water availability and intensify …

Governance of Health, Environment, and Sustainable Development in South America

South America needs governance models that can enable better development approaches to social inclusion, health equity, and environmental management. Recent international conferences have emphasized the need for approaches bridging collective health …

Elites, Organized Crime, Violence, and the Erosion of the State in Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua

Despite a consensus that organized crime in Latin America is growing in scope and geographic reach, there is little research on the impact of organized crime on social, economic, and democratic development. This project builds an evidence base …

Community Based Crime Prevention in Guatemala

Guatemala is one of the most violent countries in the world. Guatemalans of every age, class and ethnicity confront violence daily in every part of the national territory. According to statistics kept by the police and the human rights ombudsman, …

Risk Perception and Vulnerability of Wetlands Areas on South America's Atlantic Coast

Canadian specialists are contributing to research examining the risks to and vulnerability of wetland areas along the Atlantic coast of South America.

These areas along the coastline protect ecosystems provide flood control, stabilize …

Research Consortium for the Development of Agriculture in Haiti

Even before it was hit by a devastating earthquake in January 2010, Haiti's children suffered some of the worst rates of undernutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean. According to UNICEF, in 2005, one out of every three children under five was …

Broadband Adoption and Poverty: Evidence and New Research Directions from Latin America

Development luminaries like Jeffrey Sachs and Muhammad Yunus espouse the importance of broadband networks for promoting development. But where's the evidence to support the theory?

Despite a strong national and regional push to expand …

Promoting Innovation in the Services Sector: Toward Productivity and Competitiveness

The services sector is increasingly important to the economies of Latin America and the Caribbean, but productivity remains relatively low. Boosting innovation in services will be central to improving the performance of this sector and the economy …

IDRC funds researchers in the developing world so they can build healthier, more prosperous societies
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