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. 


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
As countries and development actors ensure that no one is left behind, the call for bridging the data divide has become a principal issue of the 2030 Agenda.
Published date: February 14, 2018
Author(s): Jean Lebel
Around the world, gender disparities in education are decreasing and fertility rates are declining.
Published date: January 22, 2018
Author(s): Arjan de Haan
Real momentum is building around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as national governments integrate the 2030 Agenda with their own policy processes.
Published date: January 11, 2018
Author(s): Peter Taylor
As Canada works to improve the integration of gender considerations into our budgeting, there’s a great deal that we can learn from the Ugandan experience.
Published date: January 11, 2018
Author(s): Shannon Sutton