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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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 …

Inputs to the Regional Consultation on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification in Latin America and the Caribbean

This project will generate innovative ideas for sustainable agricultural intensification (SAI) in Latin America and the Caribbean. SAI aims to produce more food and agriculture outputs and to use them more efficiently, while reducing environmental …

Reducing the Risk of Water Pollution in Vulnerable Coastal Communities of Cartagena, Colombia: Responding to Climate Change

The coastal area of Cartagena, an important tourist destination in Colombia, is home to several poor communities that rely on artisanal fishing (small-scale, traditional fishing techniques) and local tourism. This research project will generate …

Livestock Vaccines for Livelihoods and Health Program Development

To protect livelihoods and human health in Africa and Asia, animals must be healthy. This project will allow international development partners to enhance global knowledge about animal health and vaccine innovations. It will also pave the way for …

Tackling Informality in Latin America: From Research to Policy

Despite recent growth, almost half of Latin America's urban workers work in informal jobs. These can be jobs with no social security coverage, for example. This project will provide funds for Latin American labour economists to participate in …

Evaluating CARICOM's Political Commitments for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention and Control

This project will evaluate progress on the issue of non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention and control in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) against political commitments.

The impact of NCDs in the Caribbean

Over the past 50 …

Fostering Capacities in Impact Evaluation in Latin America

Impact evaluations are increasingly used by researchers and governments to gather evidence about the actual or likely impacts of a particular policy or program. This project seeks to increase technical capacities in impact evaluation among Latin …

Exploring the Political Economy of Violence in the Border Regions of Latin America

Project Abstract

This project will propose concrete recommendations, based on applied research that will help Latin America's border regions tackle illicit drug activity. The project team will establish a network of researchers across …

Sustainable Livestock Production, Health, and Environment in the Bolivian Altiplano

This project aims to promote evidence-based policies for improving livestock production, environmental sustainability, and health in the Bolivian Altiplano's rural communities.

Traditional farming under threat in Bolivia

Raising …

Strengthening the Latin American Initiative for Public Policy Research

This funding will support 12 Think Tank Initiative (TTI) grantees' organization-specific or collaborative efforts that contribute to achieving their long-term goals in Latin America.

About the Opportunity Fund

In December 2013, …

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