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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

Using an Environmental Economics Perspective to Influence Policies in Latin America and the Caribbean

This project will provide funding to the Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Network (LACEEP) to build capacity in environmental and resource economics in the region, including collaborations with think tanks, to influence policy …

Latest Result

Improving food security in Latin America and the Caribbean

​Around the world, food insecurity affects an estimated 850 million people. There is ample evidence that addressing gender inequalities and empowering women are vital to meeting the challenges of improving food and nutrition security, and enabling...


News

Call for proposals: SCALA Knowledge Observatory in Latin America

02/06/2015

IDRC is joining forces with the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank and Citi Foundation in a call for proposals to select an institution that will implement the SCALA Knowledge Observatory. The Observatory will be a...

Minister Yelich visits IDRC's regional office in Uruguay

11/03/2015

The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular), visited IDRC’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean in Montevideo on February 28, 2015. During her visit, she met Centre representatives as well as...

Events

Highlight: Canadian and Caribbean parliamentarians discuss open data

27/04/2015

On April 27 and 28, the International Development Research Centre co-hosted a two-day meeting on open data and open parliaments with the Canada Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. This inaugural meeting of the Canada-Caribbean...

Highlight: IDRC sponsors Caribbean symposium on impact of Internet on economic growth

12/05/2015

An IDRC-sponsored symposium exploring the impact of the Internet on economic growth and public service delivery in the Caribbean was held in Saint Andrew, Jamaica, on May 12, 2015. Discussions from the symposium will feed into the 2016 World...


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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