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. 


Research can play a critical role in informing policies that foster gender equality.
Published date: August 17, 2017
Author(s): Arjan de Haan
Many echoed her sentiment, telling me they would not attend cervical screening due to the lack of accessible and affordable treatment options.
Published date: August 17, 2017
Author(s): Nomthandazo Malambo
What does investing in women have to do with reducing post-harvest losses? Everything!
Published date: May 25, 2017
Author(s): Jemimah Njuki
While most women across Africa still have no legal rights to land, we have seen several countries make progress toward legal protection through land laws or constitutional changes.
Published date: May 16, 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
What are the major findings from the research happening in the three climate change hotspot areas?
Published date: May 09, 2017
Author(s): Bruce Currie-Alder
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