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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Scaling African Technology Start-Ups

Technological innovation is becoming a major economic and social development driver in Africa. Recent advances in digital connectivity, even among the poor, show the promise of open collaborative business models to scale and commercialize …

Using Evidence to Reduce Health Inequalities in East and Southern Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa continues to deal with high morbidity and mortality rates related to health inequalities and diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS. Many of the inequalities reflect deeper social and economic problems. They are also …

Expanding Business Opportunities for Youth in the Fish and Poultry Sectors in Kenya (CultiAF)

This project will build skills and knowledge among young people in Kenya to develop innovative business models that increase their participation in the fisheries and poultry sub-sectors.

Youth and agri-business in Kenya

While …

Interventions to Improve Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health in Mali and Burkina Faso (IMCHA)

Maternal and child mortality rates in Mali and Burkina Faso remain unacceptably high and the use of healthcare services in many parts of both countries is limited. This project focuses on community-level interventions that have the potential to …

Strengthening Capacities for Gender Analysis in Sub-Saharan African Countries

This project will fund the development of a training course that will strengthen skills and knowledge in the area of gender analysis in sub-Saharan Africa. Gender sensitive research pays attention to the similarities and differences between men and …

Improving Local Government Accountability for Poor and Marginalized Communities in Uganda

Through case studies in Uganda, this project will test dominant international and government approaches to improving local government participation and accountability.

Addressing poverty through governance

Uganda faces a number …

African Green Revolution Forum

This project supports efforts to bring change to Africa through agricultural transformation. The grant will fund the participation of IDRC partners, grantees, and staff at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF). The event offers a platform to …

The East African Resilience Innovation Hub

By 2025, poverty will primarily be centred in low-income, conflict and violence-affected African states. This project will invest in an East Africa research hub that will help resolve priority policy challenges related to violence, disaster, and …

Southern Voices at the Conference, "Our Common Future under Climate Change"

This funding will allow IDRC to support 38 developing-country researchers, including 10 IDRC grantees, to present scientific insights from their work at the international conference, "Our Common Future under Climate Change." Conference organizers …

Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa Communications and Evaluation Fund

This project will help the Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa (IMCHA) program establish a communications and evaluation fund. It will also support the program in carrying out strategic, bilingual communications and knowledge …

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