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The Knowledge Translation Toolkit provides a thorough overview of what knowledge translation (KT) is and how to use it most effectively to bridge the “know–do” gap between research, policy, practice, and people. It presents the theories, tools, and strategies required to encourage and...

Peruvian voters were well-informed when they headed to the federal election polls in June 2016, thanks to the efforts of Consorcio de investigación económica y social (CIES), the Economic and Social Research Consortium. CIES representatives shared details of the unique role the Consortium plays in Peru, including their work as a think tank for the 2016 national elections, during a presentation at IDRC on July 11, 2016.
Africa has achieved impressive economic growth in the past 15 years; from 2001 to 2010, six of the world's ten fastest growing economies were in Africa. Although growth has been moderate in recent years, it is expected to regain strength. However, there is evidence of rising youth unemployment and persistent gender equity gaps across the continent. Inequality is also on the rise: the average Gini coefficient (the most commonly used statistical measure of inequality) for Africa is 1.1 times higher than the rest of the developing world. With these challenges, the question on everyone’s mind is how countries can advance economic growth and improve living standards for all.
South Africa’s Community Work Programme (CWP) aims to reduce poverty, but researchers have found that it also has the unexpected effect of reducing violence.
The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada, the Honourable Joseph Kamara, Attorney General of Sierra Leone, and CBC’s National Parliamentary Bureau reporter Alison Crawford, joined IDRC on June 16, 2016, for a conversation exploring the challenges and solutions of bringing access to justice to scale.
Youth employment is crucial to the development of the East African Community (EAC), but the region's young people are finding it increasingly difficult to find decent employment. An IDRC supported project, Innovative approaches to creating opportunities and incorporating youth into labour markets in the East African Community, set out to address youth unemployment in the region.
The IDRC-supported documentary A Walnut Tree, which follows the troubled lives of an internally displaced family in Pakistan, won the Grand Prix (best film award) at Moscow’s DOKer Film Festival in May, and the FIPRESCI Prize (International Federation of Film Critics) at the Istanbul Documentary Days festival in June. These awards join the film’s growing list of accolades, including the Ram Bahadur Trophy for best film at the Film Southasia festival in Kathmandu, and special jury recognition at the Festival dei Diritti Umani in Milan.
The Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC), an IDRC grantee under the Think Tank Initiative program, reached a major milestone on May 4, 2016, with cabinet approval of their National Fertilizer Policy. The organization was heavily involved in supporting and influencing the entire five-year policy development process, from policy formulation through to cabinet approval.
IDRC funds several projects that explore what drives child labour, including the newly released ‘Child labor in Myanmar’s Garment Sector’ report by Business for Social Responsibility (BSR).
IDRC showcased the strength of the Centre’s research by hosting two panels at this year’s Conférence de Montréal.