Robert Hofstede presenting at COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco


IDRC’s experts reflect on the current issues and approaches challenging the international development sector, and the role of research in finding solutions. 

Our collaborations with researchers, policymakers, and international development practitioners help to foster leading thinkers with well-informed views. Their diverse insights and opinions represent our commitment to advancing knowledge and using rigorous research to find sustainable solutions to international development challenges.  

Take a look to enjoy fresh perspectives, creative ideas, and astute observations that will encourage you to contemplate the sector’s big issues. 


What does investing in women have to do with reducing post-harvest losses? Everything!
Published date: May 25, 2017
Author(s): Jemimah Njuki
There is growing global consensus that societal inequalities are intensifying — and that this issue has become one of the major challenges of our time
Published date: May 15, 2017
Author(s): Jean Lebel
When the world's richest eight people hold as much wealth as the bottom 50% of the global population, we have a problem.
Published date: May 03, 2017
Author(s): Arjan de Haan
A number of efforts are currently underway to highlight how policy research institutions can make a real difference through contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals.
Published date: March 30, 2017
Author(s): Peter Taylor
In Malawi, for example, rural women are spending on average 9.1 hours per week fetching water and firewood.
Published date: March 27, 2017
Author(s): Jemimah Njuki
In many countries in the developing world, people have little access to justice.
Published date: March 07, 2017
Author(s): Adrian Di Giovanni, Gloria Song
Ending economic inequality is one of the biggest policy challenges today. The key is generating solutions backed by solid evidence.
Published date: January 20, 2017
Author(s): Jean Lebel
Over the past two decades, Canada has turned pulses from a low-production crop into a key agricultural product.
Published date: January 17, 2017
Author(s): Laura Husak
Published date: December 20, 2016
Author(s): Shadi Saleh, Chaitali Sinha
The launch of the first ever United Nations High-Level Panel for Women’s Economic Empowerment in January 2016 has opened a door for think tanks and other research institutions to share evidence on what helps to grow female entrepreneurship.
Published date: September 22, 2016
Author(s): Alejandra Vargas Garcia