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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.
 
IDRC initiatives in the region
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

High-speed Internet access, or broadband, can effectively contribute to economic and social development, but only when it is combined with investments in human capital, such as teacher training and digital literacy programs for women, according to a...
Investing in Internet access boosts incomes, concludes Latin American studyStrengthening the field of ecohealth research in Latin America and the CaribbeanEvaluating vocational training program for women in BrazilInvolving urban communities in controlling dengue fever in Latin AmericaPreventing Chagas in Central America through simple home improvements

Latest Results

Vector-borne diseases are a significant public health concern in Latin America and the Caribbean and are responsible for one million years of potential life loss due to premature death or disability. Building on over a decade of ecohealth research...
Investing in Internet access boosts incomes, concludes Latin American study Strengthening the field of ecohealth research in Latin America and the CaribbeanEvaluating vocational training program for women in BrazilInvolving urban communities in controlling dengue fever in Latin AmericaPreventing Chagas in Central America through simple home improvements

Latest Results

​Effectively evaluating gender-focused programming is vital to improving the socio-economic status and well-being of women and to building gender equality. The Mulheres Mil program, meaning “a thousand strong women,” was a pilot project between the...
Investing in Internet access boosts incomes, concludes Latin American studyStrengthening the field of ecohealth research in Latin America and the Caribbean Evaluating vocational training program for women in BrazilInvolving urban communities in controlling dengue fever in Latin AmericaPreventing Chagas in Central America through simple home improvements

Latest Results

Research shows that an integrated approach to dengue control—focusing on ecological, biological, and social factors—can reduce vector densities while empowering communities to tackle the conditions that put them at risk. Dengue is a worldwide public...
Investing in Internet access boosts incomes, concludes Latin American studyStrengthening the field of ecohealth research in Latin America and the CaribbeanEvaluating vocational training program for women in Brazil Involving urban communities in controlling dengue fever in Latin AmericaPreventing Chagas in Central America through simple home improvements

Latest Results

Research in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras confirms that low cost and locally sustainable home improvements provide a sustainable means of controlling the spread of Chagas disease.It begins with mild symptoms—typically aches, fever, and...
Investing in Internet access boosts incomes, concludes Latin American studyStrengthening the field of ecohealth research in Latin America and the CaribbeanEvaluating vocational training program for women in BrazilInvolving urban communities in controlling dengue fever in Latin America Preventing Chagas in Central America through simple home improvements
IDRC In The Region
IDRC funds researchers in the developing world so they can build healthier, more prosperous societies
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