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Local solutions for local challenges
 
For four decades, we’ve worked in close collaboration with researchers in Latin America and the Caribbean to address the region’s most pressing development problems.
 
We’ve funded close to 3,000 initiatives directed and managed by local researchers and institutions. Their work has focused on identifying new technical, institutional, and policy solutions to meet complex challenges in local communities.
 
Our greatest area of concern in the region is supporting research that fosters social and economic equity. We focus on issues such as:
  • inclusive economic growth, innovation, and trade
  • equitable access to health and social services
  • sustainable use of natural resources
  • civil security and development
At times, the projects we support cross borders and boundaries, bringing together development practitioners in several countries. Their numbers—and their local knowledge—bring strength to our quest for lasting solutions.
 
Countries we serve
 
Antigua and Barbuda
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Grenada
Guyana
Jamaica
Nicaragua
Panama
Paraguay
St Kitts and Nevis
St Lucia
St-Vincent and the Grenadines
Surinam
Trinidad and Tobago
Venezuela
 

Latest Results

​Around the world, food insecurity affects an estimated 850 million people. There is ample evidence that addressing gender inequalities and empowering women are vital to meeting the challenges of improving food and nutrition security, and enabling...
Improving food security in Latin America and the CaribbeanA gendered look at workplace mental health in ChileReducing childhood obesity in MexicoIncreasing immunization, reducing child mortality in HaitiMini soap operas foster financial education and inclusion of women in Peru

Latest Results

Chilean and Canadian researchers joined forces to investigate the impacts of paid and unpaid work on the mental health of Chilean workers, paying particular attention to gender issues. The researchers worked to encourage the introduction of policies...
Improving food security in Latin America and the Caribbean A gendered look at workplace mental health in ChileReducing childhood obesity in MexicoIncreasing immunization, reducing child mortality in HaitiMini soap operas foster financial education and inclusion of women in Peru

Latest Results

In the past 20 years, overweight and obesity rates among Mexican children have increased by nearly 40%. As with many other low- and middle-income countries, Mexico is experiencing this “nutrition transition” as a result of changes in diet, nutrition...
Improving food security in Latin America and the CaribbeanA gendered look at workplace mental health in Chile Reducing childhood obesity in MexicoIncreasing immunization, reducing child mortality in HaitiMini soap operas foster financial education and inclusion of women in Peru

Latest Results

​Results from the Canadian International Immunization Initiative for Haiti In Haiti, 1 in 14 children does not survive to their first birthday. A contributing factor is Haiti’s extremely low rates of immunization—some of the lowest in the world. ...
Improving food security in Latin America and the CaribbeanA gendered look at workplace mental health in ChileReducing childhood obesity in Mexico Increasing immunization, reducing child mortality in HaitiMini soap operas foster financial education and inclusion of women in Peru

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...
Improving food security in Latin America and the CaribbeanA gendered look at workplace mental health in ChileReducing childhood obesity in MexicoIncreasing immunization, reducing child mortality in Haiti Mini soap operas foster financial education and inclusion of women in Peru
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Knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve the lives of people in the developing world
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