Projects designed to confront development challenges
IDRC-funded researchers in Sub-Saharan Africa conduct projects that provide important insights into the complex issues facing the region. Our support builds local knowledge to inform policies and strategies related to climate change, hunger, and public health.
From fighting malaria and other infectious diseases to improving food security and stimulating livelihoods, IDRC’s assistance is yielding results. Our grantees also examine women’s access to technology. They’re finding ways for government and health providers to use low-cost technologies to provide services to the public.
And there’s much more. You can search their past and present projects by program and by theme.

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Ecohealth Chair on Urban Air Pollution and Non-Communicable Respiratory Diseases (West Africa)

Ecohealth Chair on Human and Animal Health in Protected Ecosystems of Central and Eastern Africa

This project will help establish an Ecohealth Chair in Human and Animal Health in Protected Ecosystems to improve the sustainability of conservation areas and the health of local communities, livestock, and wildlife in Central and East Africa. …

Women in Francophonie: Peacemakers and Actors of Development Symposium

The issue of women's participation in and their contribution to the process of building inclusive, prosperous, and stable societies is widely recognized in the legal and institutional arsenal of most countries and also at regional and international …

Catalyzing Open and Collaborative Science to Address Global Development Challenges

Climate change, environmental degradation, emerging infectious diseases, inadequate access to clean drinking water, and food insecurity affect all parts of the world. However, their impacts on developing economies are highly disproportionate with …

Adaptation to Increase Resilience to Climate Change in Ethiopian Agriculture

Think Tank Initiative Learning Events on Research Quality and Relationship Between Think Tanks and Universities

The East African Dialogue Series

This project will provide funds to support the East Africa Dialogue Series. Its aim is to nurture a regional community of next-generation thought leaders, to provoke novel thinking, and to inspire government, development partners, business leaders, …

Strengthening In-Country Health Systems Research Capacity in West Africa

Research Description

Health outcomes are generally poor in West Africa. The region lags far behind its Millennium Development Goals with some of the worst maternal and neonatal mortality indicators globally. This initiative will aim to …

Building Bridges Linking Political Leaders and Policy Experts in Africa

Building Bridges is a multi-year, policy-focused research and outreach program of the University of Cape Town's Graduate School for Development Policy and Practice. The program serves as a safe and constructive space for African leaders to foster a …

Think Tank Initiative-Opportunity Funds for Sub-Saharan Africa

Knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve the lives of people in the developing world
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