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The goal is to inform an education model for building health care capacity in disadvantaged communities in Kenya. The Daadab refugee camps represent a protracted displacement situation in an extreme resource-limited setting with an acute shortage of community health workers (CHWs). Here,...

The work completed on the VACEA project relates to advancing understanding of climate change vulnerability in the six river basins in five countries, and to training and network development. This work has produced a body of knowledge and deliverables that will influence climate adaptation policy...

The project focused on increased collaboration and sharing of best practices on watershed management. Other specific objectives include improvement of the collaboration between local governments and academic institutions for watershed data collection, analysis and ongoing monitoring, and the...

While research has widely shown that adolescents require positive social networks and interpersonal connections—that is, positive social capital—to reach productive and socially responsible adulthood, what social capital is, how it works, and how critical it is to reducing levels of youth delinquency and violence is not well understood.
Homicide rates have skyrocketed among young people in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Mexico—especially among youth between the ages of 15 to 24, when they should be finishing high school and entering the work force.
For an elderly man in West Africa, it is the comfort of hearing his wife’s voice on his long journey to receive cancer treatment. For villagers in Peru, it is an emergency lifeline following a devastating earthquake.

There have been many calls internationally over the past decade to strengthen, support, and sustain research capacity in lower- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Research capacity is considered an essential foundation for a cost-effective healthcare system. There is growing recognition that a...

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.
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.