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24 Aug 2018 description

Bruce Currie-Alder


Struggling with years of drought and the spectre of a Day Zero shut-off of the public water supply, Cape Town offers a unique place to reflect on our changing environment and how to adapt. This city served as a timely gathering place for the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) and the Adaptation Futures 2018 conference.

29 Mar 2018 description

By Montasser Kamal

Access to information and services for contraception and birth spacing are critical to maternal and child health programming. It is no surprise then, that IDRC is supporting research in sub-Saharan Africa to investigate emerging questions and to propose ways to improve the reproductive health of women and adolescents. 

29 Mar 2018 description

By Lisa Hiwasaki, Lowine Hill

Gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, age, and physical ability influence how individuals experience climate change and adapt to its impact. Although women, indigenous peoples, ethnic minorities, the poor, and youth contribute the least to the phenomenon of climate change (e.g., in terms of emissions of greenhouse gases), they are often the most vulnerable to its effects.

23 Oct 2017 description
World + 4 others


Forced displacement, exclusion, and violence in the city

23 Oct 2017 description


Exploring social cohesion and mistrust of the state as drivers of urban violence

23 Oct 2017 description


Rapid growth, entrenched gender identities drive gendered violence in urban spaces

28 Jul 2015 description

DFID funded research is helping to build more open, better networked societies through the use of digital technologies. The ICT4D programme, which was co-funded with Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), examined the positive and negative impacts that ICT can have on the lives of the poor. Research findings are helping to inform emerging policy that looks to empower the world’s poorest people through technology.

28 Apr 2015 description

OTTAWA, April 27, 2015 – Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) today announced CA$17 million in new funding for projects that will make food more secure and nutritious in developing countries. The four projects are part of an effort to scale up the most promising research supported under the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF).

13 Mar 2015 description

Read the Report Here

​From adapting to climate change in the Himalayas to improving maternal health care for women in Vietnam, exploring how to defuse violence in Pakistani cities, or building new skills for better jobs in Bangladesh, the 2015 edition of Asia Research News provides a snapshot of IDRC-funded research in Asia.

14 Oct 2014 description

IDRC Communications

Since its inception, Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) has worked with researchers and smallholder farmers in developing countries to increase access to sufficient, safe, nutritious, and affordable food. Research has improved plant varieties, made farming practices more efficient, preserved environments, and brought technological innovations to small producers and products to market.

13 Dec 2013 description

Providing empirical evidence from Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique, and from different production systems, this book illustrates that livestock is an important asset to women and their participation in livestock and livestock product markets. It explores the issues of intra-household income management and economic benefits of livestock markets to women, focusing on how the types of markets and products, and women’s participation in markets, influence their access to livestock income.

01 Feb 2013 description

A campaign that won legal recognition for Arab women’s citizenship rights in nine jurisdictions is providing inspiration and tactical lessons for women facing growing discrimination across the Middle East.

With support from IDRC, the Beirut-based Collective for Research and Training on Development-Action (CRTD.A) launched a regional research effort in 2002 to examine how women’s lack of citizenship rights leads to the denial of a host of other rights.

01 Jan 2011 description

To mitigate, develop, and improve the lives of those vulnerable to intense natural disasters, climate change, and food insecurity, many agencies are funding and implementing diverse activities from reconstruction to rehabilitation. In particular, mid- to long-term interventions, strategies, and practical approaches are being designed and adopted to build the resilience of the poor.

01 Jan 2009 description

Adaptive capacity is defined here as a composite index of socio-economic factors (income per capita, literacy, life expectancy, poverty, and inequality), technology, and infrastructure. The data on these elements comes from various sources such as UNDP Human Development Reports and national statistical agencies. Most of the data is for the year 2005 or the most recent available.

31 May 2008 description

Desde hace varios años el Centro Internacional de Investigaciones para el Desarrollo (IDRC) de Canadá, ha venido apoyando la incorporación del uso de sistemas de información para la toma de decisión en la gestión ambiental urbana en municipios de América Latina y el Caribe. Esta investigación desarrollada por la Facultad de Ciencias de la Universidad de la Republica de Uruguay, inicialmente se concibió con el propósito de gestionar eventos de riesgo ambiental urbano.

31 May 2008 description


Over the years, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada has been supporting the incorporation of information systems for urban environmental decision-making in municipalities throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.