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 …

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 …

Using Evidence to Strengthen Health Systems in Africa and the Middle East

This project will provide evidence to expand the use of rapid response services, which offer promising strategies to support decision-making. This form of knowledge translation aims to meet the urgent needs for concrete research to answer specific …

Publishing the Transforming Gender and Food Security in the Global South Book (CIFSRF Phase 2)

Gender-based inequalities along the food production chain from farm to plate reduce people's ability to achieve food and nutritional security in developing countries. This project will examine this challenge through a book featuring the latest …

Structural Transformation of African Agriculture and Rural Spaces

Transforming Africa's agriculture sector is central to growth and poverty reduction on the continent. This project will promote rigorous, gender-sensitive, and policy-oriented research on the factors that drive change and opportunities for enhancing …

Leveraging Indigenous Knowledge to Create Jobs for Women in Rural Areas of Tanzania and Rwanda

This project aims to increase women's participation in economic activities, productivity, and employment options in poor rural communities in Rwanda and Tanzania. Researchers will identify indigenous knowledge, technology, and traditional enterprise …

Youth Agripreneurs: Expanding Opportunities for Youth in Agro-processing Business in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Unlocking entrepreneurship and agri-business opportunities is critical for agricultural transformation and youth employment in Africa. This project will identify, develop, and field test creative and bold business models to help youth entrepreneurs …

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