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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Informal sector, business environment and economic growth: A comparative analysis of West and Central Africa

This project aims to improve the knowledge of informal entrepreneurship in Africa in order to offer public policy-makers options for building upon the economic and employment potential of informal enterprises. The results of the study can also …

Growing Informal Cities: Mobile Entrepreneurs and Inclusive Growth in South Africa, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe

Migrant entrepreneurs are an important force in the informal economy in southern Africa, but their role is often invisible to policymakers and researchers. New research on the contributions of these migrant entrepreneurs will help to raise their …

Policy Analysis for Growth and Employment

Labour income is crucial to the livelihoods of the poor in developing countries. Yet they face many constraints in finding decent jobs and developing small enterprises, and most are not covered by any form of social security. This project supports …

Flooding in Dakar suburbs: towards adaptation by improving buildings, infrastructure and local governance

Managing flooding is one of the major challenges Africa faces in regard to climate change. Frantic urbanization, out of control urban sprawl and destitute populations forced to live on marginal land have led to settlements in flood-prone areas in …

Building Research Partnerships for Children's Nutritional Status in Africa

Nutrition plays a critical role in the health of children in Africa. This research support project will provide funding to researchers to assess children's food consumption patterns and their nutritional status in Ghana, Kenya, and Zambia. The …

Testing interventions to influence women's dietary decisions in South Africa

Obesity in South Africa is becoming a major public health issue for the country - nearly 60% of adult women and 31% percent of adult men are either obese or overweight. As a result, the country has one of the highest diet-related disease burdens in …

Implementation of Couples' Voluntary HIV Counseling and Testing Services in Durban, South Africa, for HIV Prevention and Intervention

Heterosexual couples represent the largest HIV risk group in sub-Saharan Africa. Couples' Voluntary HIV Counseling and Testing (CVCT) is an effective HIV prevention strategy because it:

-decreases annual transmission rates by an estimated …

Application of ICTs for Water Management under Changing Climatic Conditions: Research Awards Program

Research by master's and PhD students on how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can help reduce water stress caused by climate change will help communities better manage their resources.

The negative impacts of climate …

University of Mauritius-IDRC Masters in Social Protection Fellowships

Improving and extending the coverage of social protection is the greatest social security challenge facing Africa, where less than 10% of the population has access to such programs.

To date, technical capacity to do research in the …

Mainstreaming Climate Change in Kenya's Environmental Policy

Climate change poses one of the greatest challenges to human development in Kenya. Extreme weather patterns - especially unpredictable droughts and floods - threaten the country's national development planning and the socio-economic well-being of …

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