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Supporting Inclusive Growth
Promoting inclusive growth
Economic growth can reduce poverty. However, growth does not always lead to more and better jobs or increased income. The poor, particularly poor women and youth, do not always share the benefits of growth.  

We support policy-oriented research that promotes inclusive growth, enhancing opportunities for all, while reducing inequalities. We are especially interested in research which aims to facilitate growth with decent jobs, and enhance small and medium sized enterprise development, entrepreneurship, and innovation.
 
If you are interested in the program, download the program prospectus in English, French or Spanish.
 
Our funding partnership
 
Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW)
Jointly funded by IDRC, the UK’s Department for International Development, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, GrOW supports research aimed at generating new evidence on women’s economic empowerment, gender equality, and economic growth in low-income countries.

 

Latest Project

SCALA: Linking Vulnerable Youth and Women to Innovative Commercialization Networks

This project will test, generate, and share knowledge to promote business models that can generate economic opportunities for vulnerable youth and women.

Challenges for micro-enterprises

A large percentage of Latin America and the …


Featured Publication

Better jobs for Asia

Better jobs for Asia

From East to West, Asian economies are rapidly transforming, creating jobs for a growing population of young workers. But can working conditions keep pace? IDRC-supported research is building an evidence base that shows creating better job...

Events

Higher wages and competitiveness: Policy workshop with G20 ministers

12/08/2015

The overall poor performance of wages poses a serious threat to the health of societies and economies. The same is true of the global decline of labour’s share of income – that is, income represented by wages, salaries, and benefits. Policymakers...

Highlight: From factory floor to the middle class: Does labour-intensive manufacturing promote economic mobility?

15/06/2015

The 48th Asian Development Bank (ADB) annual meeting was held in Azerbaijan, May 2-5, 2015. IDRC sponsored a seminar on incentivizing employment-intensive manufacturing policies as a strategy for growth and job creation in South Asia. The seminar...

 

News

Mekong network launches call on job prospects for youth and women

16/07/2015

The Greater Mekong Subregion Research Network (GMS-Net), together with IDRC, has launched a call for proposals to gather high-quality development research on better job prospects for youth, women, and low-skilled workers in Mekong countries. The...

Canadian Ambassador urges transparency for entrepreneurs in Vietnam

10/07/2015

The entrepreneurial environment is changing in Vietnam. According to a new Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) report, more ​Vietnamese adults are looking to become entrepreneurs and those already running a business are receiving more respect from...

Latest Results

The informal sector is a major source of income for the urban poor. Migrants play a critical role in the informal economy, yet the importance of their role is often overlooked. Two new studies supported by IDRC seek to address this gap.    ...
New research builds strong case for including informal migrant economies Mini soap operas foster financial education and inclusion of women in PeruHarnessing demographic change for economic growth in AfricaMinimum wages aren’t always the best way to improve social welfare China’s next economic plan focuses on people

Latest Results

Having little or no savings can be devastating for poor families, especially in times of crisis. When households are able to set aside some of their income in a formal financial institution, they are less vulnerable to external shocks and can invest...
New research builds strong case for including informal migrant economies Mini soap operas foster financial education and inclusion of women in PeruHarnessing demographic change for economic growth in AfricaMinimum wages aren’t always the best way to improve social welfare China’s next economic plan focuses on people

Latest Results

The impact of demographic change on economic growth in Kenya and South Africa is the focus of two articles published in the 2014 Policy in Focus magazine. The two studies were conducted by the National Transfer Accounts (NTA) network, which IDRC has...
New research builds strong case for including informal migrant economies Mini soap operas foster financial education and inclusion of women in Peru Harnessing demographic change for economic growth in AfricaMinimum wages aren’t always the best way to improve social welfare China’s next economic plan focuses on people

Latest Results

For most countries, raising the minimum wage has long been considered a way to protect poor workers and their families. In fact, this active labour market intervention is a common social protection policy in many Latin American countries. But how...
New research builds strong case for including informal migrant economies Mini soap operas foster financial education and inclusion of women in PeruHarnessing demographic change for economic growth in Africa Minimum wages aren’t always the best way to improve social welfare China’s next economic plan focuses on people

Latest Results

As its economic growth rate slows, China also faces a widening rural-urban divide and increasing income inequality. To confront these challenges and prepare for the next planning cycle, China’s top economic planning agency invited the Asian...
New research builds strong case for including informal migrant economies Mini soap operas foster financial education and inclusion of women in PeruHarnessing demographic change for economic growth in AfricaMinimum wages aren’t always the best way to improve social welfare China’s next economic plan focuses on people
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