Over the next three years, 12 new research projects supported by IDRC will address the gender barriers that hinder women’s access to economic opportunities, while supporting sustainable climate-resilient recovery.
The Partnership for Evidence and Equity in Responsive Social Systems (PEERSS) recently released its third newsletter to highlight the exciting work that partners are doing to advance evidence-informed policymaking (EIP) in their countries.
A review of policies and practices in Africa revealed that marginalized students — especially girls, displaced children and those living in poverty — are particularly vulnerable to pandemic education disruptions.
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An artificial intelligence (AI) research project is playing a pivotal role in pandemic public health decision-making in several countries across Africa. IDRC is working with research teams that include the leaders of national taskforces, who help to ensure that research is turned into action.
With funding from IDRC, a research team from the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study, a large international population research effort coordinated by McMaster University’s Population Health Research Institute (PHRI), is studying why some people get COVID-19 and others do not.
The Adaptation Research Alliance (ARA) is an international coalition of over 90 organizations across 30 economies that brings together governments, businesses, research institutes, and local communities to increase the resilience of those most vulnerable to climate change. It aims to catalyze increased investment in action-oriented research, providing a common platform for planning research and its uptake.
The Lacuna Fund announces its second cohort of supported projects, whose teams will create openly accessible text and speech datasets that will fuel natural language processing (NLP) technologies in 29 languages across Africa.
Can artificial intelligence (AI) help predict COVID-19 outbreaks and ease lockdown restrictions? Can new innovations keep campuses open and support contact tracing? Can AI support victims of gender-based violence related to COVID-19 lockdowns? These are just some of the questions the CA$12.65 million Global South AI4COVID Response Program seeks to answer.
As the health, economic, and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic grip the world, grassroots communities and organizations are developing their own coping mechanisms. They are supporting each other, distributing resources, and fighting misinformation, all while building resilience.
IDRC and the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health have launched a call for research ideas to strengthen policy interventions, population health, environmental sustainability, gender, and social equity in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
The Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX) is pleased to announce a global call for proposals to help improve education outcomes around the globe. This joint endeavour between the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and IDRC, with a budget of approximately CA$82 million, will adapt and scale proven education innovations in the Global South.
A new volume published by IDRC and Routledge explores what works and what doesn't to prevent and reduce violence in urban centres. Contributors draw on findings from 15 ambitious research projects from Safe and Inclusive Cities (SAIC), a five-year initiative supported by IDRC and the UK’s Department for International Development.
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IDRC and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) are pleased to announce a call for expressions of interest to select regional learning partners for the new Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX) initiative.