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. 


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
Trade is an important part of a country’s development processes and a crucial aspect of the global integration that marked the second half of the 20th century.
Published date: December 20, 2017
Author(s): Arjan de Haan
Every day health-related decisions are made based on available data, yet gaps in data impede governments and development partners from planning and delivering effective social programs.
Published date: November 30, 2017
Author(s): Chaitali Sinha
Rose, an astute and driven business woman runs a “table banking” operation in the heart of Nairobi.
Published date: November 30, 2017
Author(s): Martha Melesse, Jemimah Njuki
The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World sends a clear message that Zero Hunger is one of the greatest challenges we face on a global level.
Published date: November 23, 2017
Author(s): Delphine Larrousse, Laura Husak, Adrian Di Giovanni
In order to be heard, we must know our audience, including the ideas that interest them and the language they use to describe those ideas.
Published date: October 19, 2017
Author(s): Bruce Currie-Alder
Women around the world are underrepresented at both leadership and management levels — less than one-third of senior and middle-management positions are held by women.
Published date: September 06, 2017
Author(s): Shannon Sutton