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A key part of Canada’s foreign policy efforts, IDRC supports research in developing countries to promote growth and development. Here are a few examples that show how IDRC-supported research in Asia has improved lives.


The challenge of collecting data on sensitive issues like gender-based violence is well-documented across the globe.
There is ample evidence that addressing gender inequalities and empowering women are vital to meeting the challenges of improving food and nutrition security, and enabling poor rural people to overcome poverty.
A new model tested in northeastern Thailand shows that a multi-pronged approach—combining treatment, ecosystem monitoring, and community mobilization—can effectively tackle the transmission of liver flukes.
For the tobacco industry, West Africa is a lucrative market. Although detrimental to health, tobacco consumption is on the rise, particularly among young people.
Oil, copper, diamonds, gold, timber: Africa is rich in natural resources and other commodities. Commodities can facilitate rapid growth, but can also subject countries to boom and bust cycles linked...
Despite its persistent development challenges, Africa has some of the world’s fastest growing economies. Entrepreneurship has deep roots, but a number of barriers restrain private sector development. Many...
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