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Fraser Taylor: Recipient of the 2014 Killam Prize in Social Sciences October 23, 2014
In a recent lecture hosted by IDRC, Dr Fraser Taylor, one of the world’s leading cartographers, spoke about the impact of location data on sustainable development. A member of the UN Committee of Experts on Geospatial Information Management and the Director of the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre at Carleton University in Ottawa, Taylor is passionate about ushering in a conceptual shift in managing geospatial information.Opportunity Calls: Booming Innovation in Africa
June 11, 2014
Panel discussion on innovation in Africa, from the Conference of Montreal. Includes presentations from IDRC president Jean Lebel, AIMS-NEI executive director Thierry Zomahoun, iHub advisor Juliana Rotich, and Stellenbosch University's Johann Mouton. Panel chaired by IDRC's Naser Faruqui.
Annual public meeting 2013November 20, 2013IDRC funds research in developing countries to advance ideas and innovative breakthroughs in the developing world. Watch the Annual Public Meeting to learn more about our work and how it has improved lives around the world.
Will the next Einstein be from Africa?November 7, 2013Could the next Einstein come from Africa? The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is betting on it. At a special presentation held in Ottawa by Canada's International Development Research Centre in collaboration with the AIMS Next Einstein Initiative, two of AIMS-NEI's champions discussed how AIMS and mathematical sciences can lead Africa towards a brighter, more prosperous future. The future of humanitarian responseOctober 30, 2013At a special presentation held in Ottawa by Canada's International Development Research Centre in collaboration with the Humanitarian Coalition, three leading Canadian experts on humanitarian action share insights on the future of Canada's role in humanitarian crises. Reducing the global impact of infectious diseases through vaccination
October 8, 2013Dr Babiuk's presentation focuses on recent improvements in the efficacy of vaccines for use in both developing and developed countries.Making Cities Safer: Panel Discussion September 13, 2013From Rio de Janeiro, to Mumbai, to Kinshasa, urban violence has emerged as one of the central development challenges of our time
. Live chat with Harvard’s Calestous Juma: "How to feed Africa and the World"
June 3, 2013
Daniel Hillel: The threatening global environmental crisis
April 17, 2013 Daniel Hillel, the 2012 World Food Prize recipient who pioneered methods of bringing water to crops in arid and dryland regions, was at Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) April 17th to discuss what can be done to improve the efficient use of land, water, energy, and renewable resources to ensure the integrity and sustainability of the environment.
February 6, 2013
Rebecca Chiao, HarassMap's founder and director, explains, "the volunteer initiative combines mobile and Internet technology with community activism to end the social acceptability of sexual harassment in Egypt."
January 23, 2013
Whether in Kabul, Kismayo, Kingston, or Karachi, in Mexico, Myanmar, or Mali, organized crime seems increasingly intertwined with war and post-conflict recovery. Ten years after economist and author Paul Collier described civil war as a form of organized crime, what do we know about the relationship between crime, conflict, recovery, and development?
Jamaica in the Canadian Experience, edited by Andrea Davis and Carl E. James, commemorates Jamaica's independence by acknowledging the immense and widespread contributions Jamaica and Jamaicans have made to Canadian society. These contributions were discussed by the editors at a panel following the official launch of the anthology.
Members of the IDRC Board of Governors — The Honourable Barbara McDougall (Chairperson), David M. Malone (President of IDRC), and The Honourable Monte Solberg (Governor) —present IDRC's work and answer questions.
Pankaj Mishra :The Intellectual Origins of the New Asia
Sept 19, 2012Essayist, journalist and novelist Pankaj Mishra was at Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) September 19, 2012, to discuss his new book From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia.
Craig Calhoun - Human Suffering and Humanitarian Response
Mar 28, 2012Craig Calhoun, incoming Director of the London School of Economics (LSE) and President of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), was at Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) on March 28 to talk about international responses to humanitarian emergencies
MP Lois Brown - Public-Private Partnerships for Agriculture
Mar 27, 2012
Lois Brown, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation, delivered the keynote address at Canada's International Development Research Centre-Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture Conference on Implementing Public-Private Partnerships in Agriculture March 27, 2012
Feb 8, 2012
Malley addresses the new role of Islamist political parties, shifts in regional and international dynamics, and competition for influence in the Arab world. He also explores the implications of events in Syria on the Middle East.
Rachel A. Nugent — Can agriculture help improve global nutrition and health? Jan 24, 2012In many developing countries, under- and over-nutrition coexist, leading to diet-related chronic diseases. Combined with high rates of infectious diseases, these pose "double-burdens" in health. As development economist Rachel Nugent argues, the rise in non-communicable diseases has paralleled changes in the agricultural and food systems
Dec 22, 2011
Virmani analyzes the Euro-crises and possible solutions from the perspective of India's economic crisis of 1990-1991 and subsequent Latin American and Asian crises.
Beirut-based journalist Michael Young asks if this tell us something about other Arab countries facing upheavals today? If so, what?
Nov 24, 2011
Dr Richard Gakuba, national e-health coordinator for Rwanda's Ministry of Health, believes that information technology could help these countries overcome the challenges healthcare systems face. Drawing on Rwanda's wide experience with these technologies, he discusses how they can help deliver better care and save lives.
Robert Muggah discusses the context of security promotion efforts in the years before the 2010 quake and trends in its aftermath. He draws on the findings of three household surveys carried out before and after the earthquake, particularly the post-earthquake survey that examined how many Haitians were victimized by criminal action. He also talks about changes in public opinion about security provision.
Robert Muggah discusses this new reality by focusing on the path-breaking interventions that the Brazilian government has launched in 18 favelas to promote "pacification" in Rio. In doing so, he considers implications for International Committee of the Red Cross and for wider humanitarian action.Matthew J. Smith — The Caribbean and the Roots of the Haitian Diaspora
Oct 11, 2011In an IDRC public lecture, historian Matthew J. Smith -- author of an award-winning book on Haiti -- traces the lesser-known chapters of Haitian migration before the mid-20th century.
Jun 3, 2011
In a landmark study co-funded by IDRC, 35 researchers examine music, film, and software piracy in emerging markets. Media Piracy in Emerging Economies finds that despite industry's success in pushing anti-piracy legislation, ramped up global enforcement and educational awareness-raising efforts have been ineffective, and are leading, in some cases, to unintended negative socio-economic consequences.
Yogendra Yadav — Diversity and democracy in India
March 24, 2011In an IDRC public lecture, Indian scholar Yogendra Yadav will examine how India achieves political unity through its support of social diversity and efforts to create constitutional and legal safeguards for the country’s many different groups. Focusing on India’s unexpected successes – and several instructive cases of failure – he will suggest lessons for how other democracies can accommodate multinational diversity.
A third of humanity is on the move — usually from farms and villages to already burgeoning cities.
In Arrival City: The Final Migration and Our Next World, Doug Saunders argues that this unprecedented migration will reshape cities and reconfigure economies around the world.