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New evidence to promote entrepreneurship in Southeast Asia

Entrepreneurship has been a major driver of growth and job creation in Southeast Asia. But, until now, little empirical research had been carried out on entrepreneurial activity in the region. A new report — the ASEAN Regional Entrepreneurship...

Employing Africa’s Youth: Where Evidence Matters

Creating more and better jobs is a pressing challenge in Africa, and indeed the world over. This is particularly the case when it comes to young people, who face significantly higher rates of unemployment — often two to three times higher than those...

Turning palm leaves into wood: Opportunities for Egypt’s rural communities

​In Egypt, palm trees are found in abundance and in various species. Farmers use them as shade on a hot summer day or harvest their sweet date fruits. Bedouin women weave handmade baskets, hats, and lamps using dried palm leaves. The potential uses...

Canada’s humanitarian community calls for innovative responses to crises

​War, poverty, dysfunctional governments, and environmental stressors are nothing new. But their potent interactions in some of the world’s most fragile regions, and the protracted duration of many conflicts, impose an unprecedented burden on...

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...

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