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. 


Gender equality requires health research funders to improve their accountability and facilitate open dialogues on gender.
Published date: August 13, 2018
Author(s): Adele Heagle
The country should focus on youth entrepreneurship and academic training that meets the needs of the labour market.
Published date: July 13, 2018
Author(s): Mylene Bordeleau
Using research well means building capacity within institutions and governments.
Published date: July 11, 2018
Author(s): Flaubert Mbiekop
By 2050, the world’s population is expected to grow to 10 billion people. The world faces an essential yet daunting challenge in feeding a rapidly growing population.
Published date: June 28, 2018
Author(s): Wendy Manchur
Understanding the influences affecting women and men’s behaviour is paramount to improving maternal and child health.
Published date: June 11, 2018
Author(s): Ahmed Tareq Rashid
Considerations of biodiversity and ecosystem services are essential to achieve resilience to climate change.
Published date: May 22, 2018
Author(s): Lowine Hill
There is no doubt that Canada is tying its future growth prospects to Asia.
Published date: April 18, 2018
Author(s): Stephen McGurk
Addressing Africa’s unmet need for family planning by intensifying sexual and reproductive and adolescent health research.
Published date: March 28, 2018
Author(s): Montasser Kamal
Socially equitable climate action is essential to strengthen the resilience of all people, without which we cannot achieve women’s empowerment.
Published date: March 23, 2018
Author(s): Lisa Hiwasaki, Lowine Hill
A birth certificate is key to accessing social services, exercising rights, and avoiding child marriage.
Published date: February 22, 2018
Author(s): Irina Dincu, Shaida Badiee, Deirdre Appel