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Building accountability in large land acquisitions in Africa

Large-scale land deals can bring benefits such as jobs, infrastructure, and access to food and markets. But when badly managed, they can dispossess people in rural communities and spark conflict. Women and other vulnerable groups face the greatest...

Building climate leaders in Africa

​IDRC is supporting a third phase of the African Climate Change Fellowship program (ACCFP) that seeks to advance scientific knowledge to inform climate adaptation planning and policy in Africa. This aligns with IDRC's strategic objective to build...

Building leaders in economic research

Every year at the Canadian Economics Association conference, the IDRC-funded Canadian Development Economics Study Group (CDESG) awards the Albert Berry prize for the best development economics paper. This year, Marco Gonzalez of the University of...

New minimum wage policy in Burma follows a regional trend in labour reform

​In the last decade, increases in the minimum wage have marked the Asian labour market. While China and Vietnam have increased their minimum wages over the past 10 years, Bangladesh and Cambodia adopted a minimum wage in the past 2 years, as a...

Vietnam seeks optimal size for emerging businesses

Vietnam’s impressive growth since the 1990s has propelled the country to middle-income status and attracted increased attention from foreign investors. However, this growth has not been without its challenges. Most of Vietnam’s enterprises remain...

Special Issue of Policy in Focus features IDRC supported projects

​Despite significant development gains in recent decades, developing countries still face considerable challenges in the fight against poverty. Cash transfer programs have emerged as a relevant tool for poverty reduction. However, critics have...

Tackling inflation and pension reform in Lebanon

In Lebanon, the elderly constitute a large share of its population; moreover, Lebanese seniors number the highest in the region. More than half live in poverty and face shortages in health services, water, electricity, and housing. Yet Lebanon’s...

Unlocking the potential of Africa’s young entrepreneurs

A new report launched by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) portrays a burgeoning youth-owned business landscape in Africa, as millions of young Africans faced with bleak employment prospects turn to set up their own businesses.  While this...

Reducing poverty in Atlas Mountains

​Wood is a scarce resource across North Africa, yet it is commonly used in rural areas as fuel for baking bread in traditional ovens. Rural households can burn through more than one tonne of firewood a year, threatening to deplete forests. Working...

Researchers urge climate-resilience support for South African maize farmers

Maize yields in parts of South Africa could decline by up to 20% by the 2050s as a result of climate change, research has shown. This could have a dramatic impact on subsistence farmers, with the poorest likely to be hardest hit. South Africa’s...

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