The World Development Report released on March 24th examines the tremendous potential, as well as the risks, of the changing data landscape for people in lower income countries. The report is packed with expertise from across the Global South, thanks in part to IDRC.
Over 50 years, we have learned the critical role that research, knowledge, and innovation play in building stronger economies and societies in the developing world. Today, the disastrous impacts of climate change and persistent inequalities, combined with the COVID-19 pandemic, are undermining global progress.
Five decades ago, the parliamentary bill to establish IDRC was unanimously supported by all parties, and on May 13, the IDRC Act received royal assent in Parliament. From the beginning, IDRC pledged to work in collaboration with researchers in developing countries to find sustainable solutions for pressing challenges.