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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

Agenda PERU +20: Trends and Future Perspectives of Private Sector Participation in Developing Initiatives

This project will examine the relationships between the private sector, public sector, and civil society organizations on development issues. It will provide evidence-based recommendations to sustain economic growth and development in …

Latest Result

Finding decent jobs for Peru's youth

There is an urgent need for solid research and policy guidance to tackle youth employment challenges in Latin America.In the region almost 9 million youth are unemployed. Regionally, for every three young workers, two are employed in precarious...


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...

Canada, Chile commit to boosting global knowledge economy


Canada and Chile have undertaken to strengthen the ability of national innovation councils to provide advice to governments on science, technology, and innovation. A Memorandum of Understanding signed on December 1 in Santiago commits the two...


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...

Water resources at risk due to climate change in Latin America


IDRC grantees will join decision-makers from public and private sectors at a regional seminar in Chile to discuss policy instruments to manage climate change risk. Although the scientific understanding of climate change and its impacts has greatly...

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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