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Recommendations drawn from project findings suggest development of an appropriate institutional framework to form a strong basis for equitable distribution of water for irrigation in areas most vulnerable to extreme climate events. Overdependence on subsistence rain-fed agriculture in Malawi...

The global urban population is expected to grow by 63 percent between 2014 and 2050 – compared to an overall global population growth of 32 percent during the same period. Megacities with over 20-million inhabitants will see the fastest increase in population – and at least 13 new megacities are expected by 2030, in addition to the 28 existing today. The fastest growing urban centres contain around one-million inhabitants, and are located in lower-middle-income countries in Asia and Africa.
How the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is helping shape the continent's future
​IDRC supports Strategic Evaluation on Research Excellence, a three-phase project that aims to define and articulate what research excellence means in a research for development (R4D) context.
Could childcare be the missing link to women’s economic empowerment in India, Kenya, and Canada?

This case study of the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR) in Mumbai analyzes the impact and implications of the large scale project on the socio-spatial make-up of the city. Researchers highlight the process of demarcation of space for the road out of an informal landscape, the construction of...

Using product space methodology, this project aims to analyze the existing capabilities of Arab economies by locating products currently exported, and then determining how far they are from producing and expanding more strategic products. Analyzing these options for diversification in the Arab...

This case study chronicles the story of the slum in relation to the city of Mumbai, particularly focusing on the slums in the M (East) ward of the city. The story of slums is interesting because it represents the ups and downs in an ongoing struggle of the precariat to assert its right to the...

The combination of increase in frequency and
intensity of heavy rainfall events due to climate
change, and increase in surface water run-off due
to rapid urbanization is exacerbating the risk of
flooding in many cities in the global South. The
urban poor residing in...