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 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 …

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

Research Description

This project will provide funding for the Think Tank Initiative's (TTI) Opportunity Fund for grantees in sub-Saharan Africa.

About the Think Tank Initiative

TTI is a multi-funder program dedicated …

Africa Science Journalists Conference 2014

Research Description

This grant will provide support to the 2014 Africa Science Journalists Conference. The conference will provide a platform where journalists, policymakers, and scientists can come together to explore ways to bridge …

Climate Change Vulnerability, Impact, and Adaptation in the Lowland and Wetland Areas of Delta State, Nigeria

Project Abstract

Climate change has huge implications for Nigeria and for the rest of the world. This project will enhance knowledge of the key drivers of climate change by creating the Niger Delta regional climate change information …

Policy Dialogues: Increasing the Likelihood of Policy Uptake for Selected AHSI-RES Projects

This grant will support policy dialogues and consultations with key stakeholders involved in several African Health Systems Initiative-Support to African Research Partnerships (AHSI-RES) projects. In turn, it will also increase the likelihood that …

IDRC funds researchers in the developing world so they can build healthier, more prosperous societies
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