Latin America and the Caribbean

Despite recent progress, more than one-quarter of Latin America’s population lives in poverty. The region has some of the highest homicide rates in the world. Challenges also include social and economic inequality, degraded coastal ecosystems, disease, and natural disasters.

Research focus

We believe that research and innovation hold the keys to progress. Since the early 1970s, we have supported practical solutions through the skillful interaction of ideas, people, and funding for development research and policies.

At times, the projects we support cross borders and boundaries, bringing together development practitioners in several countries. Our projects that capitalize on local and global knowledge bring strength to our quest for lasting solutions.

Our aim? Long-term sustainability of development in Latin America and the Caribbean through economic growth, equitable access to health and social services, sustainable natural resources, and civil security. And we are making important progress.

Regional office

Located in Montevideo, Uruguay, IDRC’s regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean coordinates our activities in 33 countries.

Read highlights of our work in this region