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Go for the Goals: International Development Week 2020

Published on
January 30, 2020
IDRC joins the Government of Canada and civil society organizations across the country in celebrating the 30th anniversary of International Development Week (IDW) from February 2-8.

This year’s theme, “Go for the Goals”, highlights the importance of collaborative efforts to implement the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Centre and its partners contribute to these efforts by generating knowledge and building capacity. Together with researchers and like-minded donors, IDRC fills knowledge gaps that support many of the SDGs, including:

SDG 4 – Quality education
Together with the Global Partnership for Education, the Centre is helping to strengthen education systems in 68 countries.

SDG 5 – Gender equality
IDRC supports gender-transformative research that analyzes the root causes of gender inequalities to promote sustainable solutions.



SDG 8 – Decent work and economic growth
The disconnect between the skills youth have and those sought by employers is a significant cause of unemployment. One way the Centre is bridging this gap is by identifying ways to improve technical and vocational training.



SDG 10 – Reduced inequalities
Reporting and registering vital and civil events — including birth, death (and causes of death), marriage, and divorce — is critical for protecting human rights and improving health. Civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems not only provide proof of legal identity, they generate statistics and evidence that can help improve services. The IDRC-supported Centre of Excellence in CRVS coordinates with existing national, regional, and international expert groups to actively promote and support comprehensive and sustainable CRVS systems. 



SDG 13 – Climate action
The Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) applied research about the cross-sectoral effects of climate change to build resilience among vulnerable people and to promote practical solutions, such as climate-smart agricultural practices.


SDG 16 – Peace, justice, and strong institutions
Youth have an important role to play in carving out secure, stable, and peaceful societies. IDRC funds nearly 40 youth-related projects that develop community peacebuilding by focusing on the realities of local contexts.

These examples and other multidisciplinary research supported by IDRC share a common goal with the SDGs: contributing to positive change in the lives of people in the developing world.

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