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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

Fostering Capacities in Impact Evaluation in Latin America

Impact evaluations are increasingly used by researchers and governments to gather evidence about the actual or likely impacts of a particular policy or program. This project seeks to increase technical capacities in impact evaluation among Latin …

Latest Result

Investing in Internet access boosts incomes, concludes Latin American study

High-speed Internet access, or broadband, can effectively contribute to economic and social development, but only when it is combined with investments in human capital, such as teacher training and digital literacy programs for women, according to a...


News

Mexico to boost productivity among the rural poor, thanks to IDRC-supported research

01/10/2014

Mexico’s new poverty reduction program, Prospera, is applying lessons from research carried out by the Latin American Centre for Rural Development (RIMISP), an IDRC partner. On September 19, 2014, Prospera National Coordinator Paula Hernández Olmos...

Two IDRC researchers part of Future of Latin American Science

15/05/2014

Two IDRC researchers are included in a list of scientific leaders dubbed The Future of Latin American Science. The list, compiled by Que Pasa magazine and LatinAmericanScience.org, recognizes 30 Latin American scientists under the age of 40 whose...

Events

Water resources at risk due to climate change in Latin America

29/10/2014

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...

Brazil seminar examines how social protection programs affect jobs

10/09/2014

IDRC, the UNDP International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), and the Colombian Think Tank Fedesarrollo are hosting a seminar on September 10-11, 2014 in Brasilia to discuss social protection and its linkages to jobs, entrepreneurship...


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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