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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 Result

Minimum wages aren’t always the best way to improve social welfare

For most countries, raising the minimum wage has long been considered a way to protect poor workers and their families. In fact, this active labour market intervention is a common social protection policy in many Latin American countries. But how...


News

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...

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

05/01/2015

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...

Events

Highlight: IDRC Evaluation at ReLAC in Lima, Peru

25/03/2015

The 4th International Conference on Evaluation of the Latin-American and Caribbean Monitoring, Evaluation and Systematization Network (ReLAC) held in Lima, Peru on March 9-13, 2015 brought together more than 400 researchers, evaluators, and...

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

09/03/2015

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...


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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