IDRC invests in evidence, innovations, and policies to improve health and prevent chronic diseases through healthier food systems in low- and middle-income countries—more than CA$20 million in support of over 35 projects.
For Canadian civil society organizations (CSOs) research is an important part of efforts to improve policy and/or practice in developing countries, an IDRC-supported study found. The study e-surveyed 162 Canadian CSOs that are engaged in international cooperation for development but don't have research as their prime mandate. The study's author, Stacie Travers, also carried out four case studies on Canadian research activities in South America to enrich the survey data.
Poor communities rarely benefit from global emissions trading schemes, because of the high transaction costs of participation. However, the registration of small community-scale projects to the carbon market through the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) might be a way for low-income communities to profit from their efforts to reduce emissions.
Access to water for poor residents in Jakarta, Indonesia, is limited. Among the challenges they face are the high prices demanded by water service providers, poor water quality, and limited access to water infrastructure. With support from IDRC, the global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps worked with residents, local government, researchers, NGOs, and the private sector to tackle these challenges.
Health systems in countries across Asia struggle to provide access to health services, especially to vulnerable populations. Information and communication technologies like mobile phones are being used to address health challenges. This networked approach to health, or eHealth, can increase access to services and information. But can it fill critical gaps in health service provision?
The IDRC-supported “Labour markets for inclusive growth” project, coordinated by the Centre for Distributive Labor and Social Studies (CEDLAS) at Universidad Nacional de La Plata in Argentina, is generating rigorous and policy-relevant evidence on how labour markets and social protection work in Latin America — and what that means for growth and inclusion.
Agricultural production is rapidly expanding in Southeast Asia. While this can lead to improved food security, nutrition, and income in the region, it also increases the risk of disease, exposure to chemicals, and the loss of biodiversity. The IDRC-supported Ecohealth Field Building Initiative (FBLI) supports research in the region that aims to improve understanding of the effects of agricultural change on ecosystems and human health, and provide sustainable solutions.