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IDRC supports researchers from developing countries who are finding innovative, lasting solutions to local problems. We share the impacts of this groundbreaking research through print and free online publications, including books co-published by IDRC and presses around the world. We also publish articles and newsletters, including the IDRC Bulletin, as well as multimedia projects, such as Lasting Impacts, our tribute to over 40 years of IDRC-supported research, and the In_focus Collection of thematic mini-websites.

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Poverty, population growth, and youth violence in DRC’s cities

​Results from IDRC-supported research at the Université de Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), show that unregulated population growth — averaging 10 births per woman — combined with a lack of education and economic opportunities for...

Land disputes and marginalized youth fuel crime and violence in Côte d’Ivoire

​Youth violence and the shift of land disputes from rural communities into the slums of cities are the key drivers of violence and criminality in Côte d’Ivoire, according to new research. The IDRC-supported team of researchers from the Alassane...

Crime and the “poverty penalty” in urban Ghana

​Ghana’s rapid urbanization has contributed to a reduction in poverty across the country, yet crime and violence have been on the rise. IDRC-supported researchers at the University of Ghana investigated why lower levels of poverty were not helping...

IDRC Bulletin - April 2016

In this issue, we highlight the peace process in Colombia and questions about the Zika virus. Featured this month IDRC contributes to the Colombian peace process IDRC’s support has contributed to understanding key issues related to the...

IDRC contributions to the Colombian peace process

After 50 years of civil war, Colombians are starting to contemplate a future that holds peace. As negotiations between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) progress, many are looking beyond the signing of...

Zika: Questions That Need Answers

In early 2016, heartbreaking images of mothers and their malformed infants alerted the world to a new health threat – an outbreak of the Zika virus in northern Brazil. Similar to the spread of the West Nile Virus to North America more than a decade...

Smart sustainable cities

​The global urban population is expected to grow by 63 percent between 2014 and 2050 – compared to an overall global population growth of 32 percent during the same period. Megacities with over 20-million inhabitants will see the fastest increase in...

IDRC Bulletin - March 2016

In this issue, IDRC celebrates International Women’s Day. There were many announcements this month, so read our News section to learn more. Also, note the dates for upcoming events and read the latest “Charting Change” blog post, presented in...

IDRC Bulletin - February 2016

In this issue, we put the focus on youth employment in sub-Saharan Africa. Also, save the date for our upcoming event celebrating International Women’s Day and read the latest “Charting Change” blog post presented in partnership with Canadian...

Digital technologies may help Myanmar transition to an open, inclusive and democratic society

​COMMENTARY Naser Faruqui An inspiring young man, Nay Phone Latt, a blogger imprisoned by the military government for online activism, was just elected to the Yangon regional legislature from Aung San Suu Kyi’s party in Myanmar’s first open...

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EVALUATION IN THE EXTREME<br>Research, Impact and Politics in Violently Divided Societies

EVALUATION IN THE EXTREME
Research, Impact and Politics in Violently Divided Societies

​Over the past two decades, there has been an increase in the funding of research in and on violently divided societies. But how do we know whether research makes any difference to these societies – is the impact constructive or destructive? This...

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