Mariam Nakawa, photographed near her mine shaft at a gold mining site in central Uganda.
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Golden girls: The hidden role of women in Africa's artisanal mines
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IDRC supports research in developing countries to create real and lasting change. This knowledge can be used as a tool for addressing pressing global challenges. We share it with others by:

  • providing developing-country researchers with financial resources, advice, and training to find solutions to local problems;
  • sharing our knowledge with policymakers, researchers, and communities around the world;
  • fostering new talent by offering fellowships and awards; and
  • putting new knowledge into the hands of those who can use it best to address global challenges.

Part of Canada’s foreign affairs and development efforts, IDRC invests in knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve the lives of people in the developing world.

Projects

Explore more than 1,000 research projects we’ve supported over the past decade.
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In 2015, a historic election voted in a new civilian parliament in Myanmar.

Myanmar

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In Senegal and the Ivory Coast, current statistics show that the average age of marriage for girls has risen to over 18 years.

Ivory Coast, Senegal

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In South Africa, a history of apartheid policies, concentrated poverty, social deprivation, and other risk factors related to violence within particular areas have created conditions that exacerbate exclusion, inequality, and poverty, especially among youth.

South Africa

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The project aims to promote women and youth entrepreneurship in Madagascar by supporting local research capacities and relevant, useful analysis.

Madagascar

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In Africa and Asia, regulations governing communications are not designed to facilitate poverty reduction and economic growth.

Africa, Asia

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This pilot project is one of four pilots exploring the feasibility of a Think Heath Initiative, a prospective program that would support evidence-based policy engagement on the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

South Asia

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This project is one of four pilots exploring the feasibility of a Think Heath Initiative, a prospective program that would support evidence-based policy engagement on the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Latin America

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This is one of four pilot projects exploring the feasibility of a Think Heath Initiative, a prospective program that would support evidence-based policy engagement on the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

East Africa, Southern Africa

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Agriculture is the backbone of many developing country economies, but the capacity of resource-poor smallholder farmers to adopt agricultural innovations is curtailed by lack of access to adequate financial services.

Global

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Mozambique has made it a priority to address its high maternal death rate and its high adolescent pregnancy rate.

Mozambique

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