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Latin America and the Caribbean
Practical solutions to enduring problems

Located in Montevideo, Uruguay, IDRC’s regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean coordinates our activities in 33 countries.

Our programming reflects the diverse needs of Mesoamerica, the Caribbean, and South America. Three core goals underlie our work in the region:
  • upholding democracy, human rights, and accountable government
  • reducing vulnerability to disease, natural disasters, and degrading natural resources
  • increasing opportunities for equitable economic growth and access to social safety nets and services
A number of countries in the Americas are emerging from prolonged internal conflict or civil war. IDRC’s support in the region recognizes that research is needed to expand the range of practical solutions to enduring problems, to encourage innovation, and to promote long-term growth in the region.

Latest Project

Enhancing the Policy Impact of Impact Evaluation Studies

This project aims to enhance the ability of IDRC-supported researchers working on impact evaluation (IE) studies to inform policy debates and maximize their influence on policy-making. The funds will be used to plan an IE workshop in conjunction …

Latest Result

Cultivating fish for better livelihoods in Bolivia

​Fish are an important source of protein, micronutrients, and fatty acids, and have great potential to improve food security and rural livelihoods. Bolivia, a country without access to the sea, has one of the lowest rates of fish consumption in the...


Forum unveils innovative approaches to secure health care rights for Guatemala’s indigenous communities


Eighty-eight representatives from 37 rural indigenous municipalities in Guatemala shared knowledge and strategies about monitoring and evaluating public policies and healthcare services, especially for indigenous communities. They gathered at the...

Governor General views Canadian-funded rural development efforts in Colombia


IDRC President Jean Lebel was on hand during the Governor General of Canada’s state visit to Colombia to present an exciting Canadian-funded initiative that is helping to fight poverty and malnutrition in that country.   His Excellency the Right...


IDRC at ReLAC’s 4th International Conference on Evaluation in Lima, Peru


IDRC support for research in evaluation practice will be showcased at the 4th International Conference on Evaluation of the Latin-American and Caribbean Monitoring, Evaluation and Systematization Network (ReLAC). The conference will be held in Lima...

Highlight: Colloquium on effective tools to increase savings in Latin America


Promoting savings among low-income populations in Latin America and the Caribbean has become increasingly important. Encouraging the practice of saving can increase financial inclusion and reduce poverty. However, there is still limited knowledge...

Lasting impacts:
Latin America and the Caribbean

Here are a few examples that show how IDRC-supported research in Latin America and the Caribbean has improved lives

Guyanese fishers
Since the early 1970s, IDRC has supported the efforts of researchers in the English-speaking Caribbean to reduce poverty and inequality, restore degraded coastal ecosystems, and protect communities against disease and natural disasters.

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IDRC funds researchers in the developing world so they can build healthier, more prosperous societies
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