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.
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.
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Despite strong economic growth, the Philippines has the highest unemployment rate in the ASEAN region — more than 7%. Particularly hard hit are youth, who account for more than half of the close to 3 million unemployed.