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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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Maternal Morbidity and Mortality

Aware of the enormous disparity between rates of maternal mortality (death) in developing and developed countries (640/100,000 births versus 6/100,000), the international community has highlighted the need for a strategic framework to combat this …

Rural Press (Zaire)

A rural press is of practical importance in Zaire, where almost 75% of the total population live in rural areas, and printed material is an important means of information and knowledge dissemination. This project will support the development of the …

Educational Capacity in Universities (Central Africa)

African universities in general, and the central African universities in particular, encounter obstacles in accomplishing their main functions: research and training. Higher education is in a crisis and the quality of education is in constant …

Human Pathogen Survival (Zaire)

On-site sanitation facilities, particularly pit latrines, are being widely introduced as an initial step in promoting low-cost excreta disposal in developing countries. They present, however, two potentially serious disadvantages: (1) the risk of …

Endomycorrhizae (Laval/Zaire)

Mycorrhiza is the symbiotic association of the root of a higher plant with a fungus. This relationship can benefit a plant in several ways: by increasing its capacity for absorbing minerals; protecting roots from disease; increasing drought …

Educational Reform (Zaire)

The educational systems in several countries of the Sahara are still patterned after the former colonial model, in spite of many attempts at educational reform. The programs offered and teaching methods used reflect a European tradition more than …

Root Symbiosis (Zaire)

The production of basic foodstuffs in Zaire does not meet the needs of the population, especially in the cities. Another major problem is the inadequate supply of the country's most important energy source, firewood, to urban centres. In order to …

Urban Growth Management (Zaire)

In Zaire as in other developing countries the lack of adequate urban services can be attributed to limited financial resources and poor management of these services. The rapid population increase in the years since independence has led to a …

Self-Help Housing at Lubumbashi (Zaire)

Urban centres in Zaire are experiencing a growth in squatter settlements as are most other cities in Africa. Out of concern for an improved housing environment for the people of these settlements, many of them migrants, the Office for Urban Housing …

Demographic Research (Zaire) - Phase I

Zaire has never had a population census and available data from economic and demographic surveys are either partial or of uncertain quality. Information on social, economic and demographic circumstances and change is very deficient. This project …

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