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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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 …

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 …

Growth in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire: Lessons for Promoting Women's Economic Empowerment (GrOW)

Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire are neighbouring countries with similar resource endowments and socio-cultural environments but very different economic development strategies. This project will compare how differences in growth patterns and job creation in …

Improving Maternal and Child Health in Underserved Rural Areas of Nigeria through Implementation Research

Maternal and child health is a priority for Nigeria, but there are significant challenges and opportunities at state levels that influence efforts to reduce deaths. This project will contribute to government efforts in Delta State to improve …

Quality Improvement for Maternal and Newborn Health in Mtwara Region, Tanzania (IMCHA)

This project will provide evidence for how systems-wide quality improvements can enhance maternal and newborn health outcomes at the district, health facility, and community levels in Tanzania.

Healthy women, healthy …

Delivering Gender Outcomes in Agriculture and Food Security (CIFSRF Phase 2)

There has been considerable success in integrating gender in agricultural research. However, projects, programs, and organizations often still struggle with the challenge of moving from gender analysis to implementation of transformative actions …

Promoting Safe Motherhood in Jimma Zone, Ethiopia (IMCHA)

This project aims to support community-based services that will improve maternal health in Ethiopia, a country with some of the worst health indicators in sub-Saharan Africa. Women's use of maternal and child health services has significant gaps …

Improving Access to Health Services and Quality of Care for Mothers and Children in Tanzania (IMCHA)

This project aims to reduce maternal, newborn, and child deaths in Tanzania. The Government of Tanzania has placed a high priority on this issue. Healthcare service coverage has increased in recent years, but there are still significant geographic, …

Exploring Future Opportunities for the Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals Network (TTI Phase 2)

The Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals network, known as Southern Voice, emerged from the first Think Tank Initiative (TTI) Exchange in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2012. Since then, the network has created a unique space for …

Building an Enhanced Cadre of Community Health Workers to Improve Maternal and Newborn Health in Rural Tanzania (IMCHA)

One woman dies in childbirth in Tanzania every hour. With such high rates of maternal and newborn mortality, this project will address the problem by giving community health workers greater skills to assess and treat women, while extending the …

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