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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Agenda PERU +20: Trends and Future Perspectives of Private Sector Participation in Developing Initiatives

This project will examine the relationships between the private sector, public sector, and civil society organizations on development issues. It will provide evidence-based recommendations to sustain economic growth and development in …

From Global Rights to Local Practices: Constitutional Reform and Participation in Latin America

This project aims to study the impacts of reforms to increase participation rights in five Latin American countries at the local level.

The right to participation

During the 1990s, most Latin American countries adopted ambitious …

Water Resources and Climate Risks: Tools for Decision-Makers

Although risk management is a common tool used for decision-making by private sector and public institutions in developed countries, it has yet to be fully incorporated into decision-making in developing countries, including those in Latin America …

Toward More Equitable Primary Health Care in Argentina and Latin America through Intersectoral Approaches

Improving primary health care for everyone requires an effort that extends beyond the formal health sector. This project will examine the value of intersectoral collaborations at the primary healthcare level to generate practical guidance and a …

Measuring and Benchmarking Food Environments and Policies in Latin America

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are responsible for three out of every four deaths in Latin America. Poor diet is increasingly contributing to preventable, premature deaths and illnesses related to NCDs. This project will monitor and benchmark food …

Addressing Local Conflicts in Latin America: New Responses for New Scenarios

Local conflicts at the community and small city level have spread across Latin America in the last decade. When conflict stems from social or economic development issues, local mechanisms for resolving them are either not in place, are …

Can Small and Medium Enterprises Participate in Greener Production?

The shift toward a green economy in Latin America and the Caribbean poses key challenges for small- and medium-sized firms, which make up 98% of all businesses and employ more than 65% of the region's workforce. This project will examine policy …

Uruguay +25 Reflections

The Uruguay +25 project will promote research and knowledge that examines Uruguay's future in the context of inclusive and sustainable development. These funds will be used to create the publication, Uruguay +25 Reflections.

The …

Social Protection, Jobs, and Entrepreneurship: Taking Stock of Evidence to Inform Policy

This project provides funds to organize an international seminar that brings together IDRC-supported researchers focused on social protection, labour markets, and entrepreneurship.

Filling knowledge gaps on social …

Modifying the Food and Built Environments to Combat Non-Communicable Diseases in Argentina

This project will evaluate the Healthy Municipalities and Communities health promotion program, which is designed to improve eating and activity levels to reduce cardiovascular disease (CVD) risks in Argentina.

Increase in unhealthy …

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