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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

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...
Involving urban communities in controlling dengue fever in Latin AmericaPreventing Chagas in Central America through simple home improvementsResearch sheds light on gender reparation in postwar GuatemalaCreating sustainable campuses: Sharing knowledge between Canada and MexicoRegulating private security companies in the Caribbean

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...
Involving urban communities in controlling dengue fever in Latin America Preventing Chagas in Central America through simple home improvementsResearch sheds light on gender reparation in postwar GuatemalaCreating sustainable campuses: Sharing knowledge between Canada and MexicoRegulating private security companies in the Caribbean

Latest Results

"Conflict-related sexual violence has been one of history’s greatest silences," declared the 2011 UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict. The damage continues long after war has ended: victims continue to suffer in many ways, rarely...
Involving urban communities in controlling dengue fever in Latin AmericaPreventing Chagas in Central America through simple home improvements Research sheds light on gender reparation in postwar GuatemalaCreating sustainable campuses: Sharing knowledge between Canada and MexicoRegulating private security companies in the Caribbean

Latest Results

One important challenge facing post-secondary institutions today is how to transform themselves into agents of sustainability. In the last decade, a number of initiatives in Canada set out strategies and forums to share experiences and best...
Involving urban communities in controlling dengue fever in Latin AmericaPreventing Chagas in Central America through simple home improvementsResearch sheds light on gender reparation in postwar Guatemala Creating sustainable campuses: Sharing knowledge between Canada and MexicoRegulating private security companies in the Caribbean

Latest Results

As governments and businesses around the world struggle to guarantee the safety of their citizens and employees, many are turning to private security companies (PSCs). In the English-speaking Caribbean, PSCs now employ more people than the police...
Involving urban communities in controlling dengue fever in Latin AmericaPreventing Chagas in Central America through simple home improvementsResearch sheds light on gender reparation in postwar GuatemalaCreating sustainable campuses: Sharing knowledge between Canada and Mexico Regulating private security companies in the Caribbean
IDRC In The Region
IDRC funds researchers in the developing world so they can build healthier, more prosperous societies
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