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IDRC Bulletin - January 2016

In this issue, we feature the top stories of 2015 from IDRC.ca. Also, read the second blog post in the ongoing series about innovative IDRC-funded projects, “Charting Change,” presented in partnership with Canadian Geographic. Featured this month ...

Youth employment in sub-Saharan Africa: Taking stock of the evidence and knowledge gaps

This paper provides an overview of the youth employment challenge in sub-Saharan Africa. It gives context on the overall economic and employment climate in the region, and takes stock of what is known — and not known — about youth employment...

Improving youth livelihoods in Ivory Coast

After more than a decade of political and military struggles, job creation, especially for youth, is one of the Ivorian government’s biggest concerns. A scoping paper commissioned by Canada’s International Development Research Centre and the...

Enhancing youth employability in Zambia

With a rapidly growing population, Zambia must foster opportunities for its burgeoning youth demographic. A scoping paper commissioned by Canada’s International Development Research Centre and the MasterCard Foundation underscores the importance of...

Boosting youth employment prospects in Tanzania

As Tanzania makes progress in diversifying its economy, how can it ensure its growing youth population will benefit? A scoping paper commissioned by Canada’s International Development Research Centre and the MasterCard Foundation assesses the...

Preparing youth for productive employment in Rwanda

With birth rates falling and the working-age population growing, Rwanda could benefit from a “demographic dividend” that drives sustained economic growth. But economic gains from these shifts will largely depend on generating jobs for the country’s...

Addressing Africa's youth employment challenge

    Youth employment is one of the most pressing challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa. The UN estimates that Africa’s youth aged 15-24 will swell by about six million each year for the next decade. By 2050, the median age will be just 24. Most...

Tracking alcohol-related violence in Cape Town's townships

​As part of the Safe and Inclusive Cities initiative, IDRC-supported researchers in South Africa are evaluating the impact of liquor control laws and urban upgrades on violence and injury. University of Cape Town researchers are collaborating...

The Caracas paradox: Urban violence in times of prosperity

​The Safe and Inclusive Cities initiative is a global research program that aims to document the links between urban violence, poverty, and inequality. IDRC-supported researcher Roberto Briceño-León has analyzed how the city of Caracas, once a...

Top stories of 2015 on IDRC.ca

​     From joining the global effort against Ebola to finding smart ways to adapt to a changing climate, improve maternal health, and foster opportunities for youth, the most popular content on our website in 2015 showcased practical research...

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EVALUATION IN THE EXTREME
Research, Impact and Politics in Violently Divided Societies

​Over the past two decades, there has been an increase in the funding of research in and on violently divided societies. But how do we know whether research makes any difference to these societies – is the impact constructive or destructive? This...

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