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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

IDRC-supported economists Leonardo Gasparini and Guillermo Cruces are investigating Latin American inequality at Universidad Nacional de La Plata's Centre for Distributive, Labor, and Social Studies (CEDLAS). Their research is contributing to the...
Research explores links between social protection and poverty reduction in Latin AmericaInfluencing parliamentary debate on labour policy in UruguayBuilding equitable health systems in Latin AmericaExtreme weather is increasing flood-related damage along Argentina and Uruguay's Rio de la PlataUnderstanding how emergencies affect internal migration in Costa Rica

Latest Results

The IDRC-supported “Labour markets for inclusive growth” project, coordinated by the Centre for Distributive Labor and Social Studies (CEDLAS) at Universidad Nacional de La Plata in Argentina, is generating rigorous and policy-relevant evidence on...
Research explores links between social protection and poverty reduction in Latin America Influencing parliamentary debate on labour policy in UruguayBuilding equitable health systems in Latin AmericaExtreme weather is increasing flood-related damage along Argentina and Uruguay's Rio de la PlataUnderstanding how emergencies affect internal migration in Costa Rica

Latest Results

In Latin America, primary health care (PHC) is often of poor quality and delivered unevenly. The region’s segmented health systems make it difficult to provide equal access to services across multiple subsystems. To ensure more equitable health care...
Research explores links between social protection and poverty reduction in Latin AmericaInfluencing parliamentary debate on labour policy in Uruguay Building equitable health systems in Latin AmericaExtreme weather is increasing flood-related damage along Argentina and Uruguay's Rio de la PlataUnderstanding how emergencies affect internal migration in Costa Rica

Latest Results

IDRC-supported researchers have found changes in weather patterns and in the intensity of extreme weather events are resulting in the erosion of low-lying land areas, flooding, and damage to buildings and infrastructure along the Rio de la Plata...
Research explores links between social protection and poverty reduction in Latin AmericaInfluencing parliamentary debate on labour policy in UruguayBuilding equitable health systems in Latin America Extreme weather is increasing flood-related damage along Argentina and Uruguay's Rio de la PlataUnderstanding how emergencies affect internal migration in Costa Rica

Latest Results

Research shows that weather-related emergencies, such as floods, significantly increase internal migration in Costa Rica. An increase of one hydro-meteorological emergency raises migration rates between 0.7 and 0.11 percentage points. Therefore...
Research explores links between social protection and poverty reduction in Latin AmericaInfluencing parliamentary debate on labour policy in UruguayBuilding equitable health systems in Latin AmericaExtreme weather is increasing flood-related damage along Argentina and Uruguay's Rio de la Plata Understanding how emergencies affect internal migration in Costa Rica
IDRC In The Region
IDRC funds researchers in the developing world so they can build healthier, more prosperous societies
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