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. 


Sue Szabo of IDRC considers the importance of understanding different contexts in which global development agendas play out.
Published date: January 24, 2017
Author(s): Sue Szabo
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 world is currently home to the largest number of youth (aged 10 to 24) to have ever reached reproductive age in history.
Published date: November 03, 2016
Author(s): Ayah Nayfeh, Montasser Kamal
Welcoming over 30,000 Syrian refugees to Canada in the past year is a reflection of the shared values and generous spirit of Canadians and communities, businesses and governments across this country.
Published date: October 25, 2016
Author(s): Roula El-Rifai
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
Legal aid is chronically underfunded in Canada and globally. Securing access to justice is integral to development.
Published date: June 29, 2016
Author(s): Adrian Di Giovanni, Lotta Teale, Vivek Maru
Pulses and millets are currently a subject of tremendous interest among the global community.
Published date: June 12, 2016
Author(s): Kevin Tiessen
The WHO is now coordinating an international response, including Canada, to help stop the outbreak.
Published date: March 30, 2016
Author(s): Dominique Charron, Thierry Baldet