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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Tax solutions for optimal reduction of tobacco use in West Africa

During the first phase of this project, numerous decision-makers were engaged and involved in discussions with the goal of establishing a new taxation system to reduce tobacco use in West Africa. Although regional economic authorities (ECOWAS and …

Promoting Research into Use through Networking and Engagement Activities of the CARIAA Ghana's Country Engagement Group

This project aims to enhance the effectiveness and outreach of the Ghana Country Engagement Group by supporting stakeholder engagement, communications, and research-into-use activities.


The Collaborative Adaptation …

Achieving Impact at Scale through ICT-Enabled Extension Services in Ghana (CIFSRF Phase 2)

This project will improve the efficiency of agricultural extension services by scaling up enhanced information and communication technology-enabled (ICT) extension service models in Ghana.

In Africa, agricultural extension services …

Migration, Remittances, and Forest Dependence in Ethiopia: Implications for Food Security, Gender, and Forest Conservation

This project will provide evidence that offers important insight into the connection between migration, gender, and forest dependence in rural Ethiopia.

Need for labour migration, forest resources

While most rural households rely …

The Alliance to Scale Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Seed Alliance)

This project will support digital innovations that solve development challenges. It will establish a seed funding program, develop approaches for scaling up innovations, and nurture entrepreneurial leaders.

Digital revolution driving …

Accessing Safe Deliveries in Tanzania (IMCHA)

This project aims to address Tanzania's critical need for reducing maternal and newborn deaths. It will build on the country's comprehensive emergency obstetrical and newborn care strategy by implementing proven intervention strategies: training on …

Replicating the MamaToto Program in Rural Tanzania (IMCHA)

This project will address high maternal and newborn mortality in Tanzania by adapting and implementing a maternal and newborn health intervention approach that follows the MamaToto process.

Health care in rural Tanzania

The rural …

An mHealth strategy to reduce eclampsia and maternal and infant death in Tanzania (IMCHA)

In Tanzania, the maternal mortality rate of 454 deaths per 100,000 live births means that every hour, another woman dies in childbirth. Many of these deaths are avoidable if symptoms such as high blood pressure, known as eclampsia, and associated …

Expanding Business Opportunities for African Youth in Agricultural Value Chains in Southern Africa (CultiAF)

This project will develop and test novel, creative, and bold business models that increase the participation of youth in fish and maize post-harvest value chains in Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

African youth and agriculture

The …

Results-based financing for equitable access to maternal and child health care in Mali and Burkina Faso (IMCHA)

In Mali and Burkina Faso, maternal and child mortality rates remain high. The governments of both countries are trying to increase access to and use of health care for women and children. They have adopted policies to remove financial barriers and …

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