IDRC’s experts reflect on the current issues and approaches challenging the international development sector, and the role of research in finding solutions. 

Our collaborations with researchers, policymakers, and international development practitioners help to foster leading thinkers with well-informed views. Their diverse insights and opinions represent our commitment to advancing knowledge and using rigorous research to find sustainable solutions to international development challenges.  

Take a look to enjoy fresh perspectives, creative ideas, and astute observations that will encourage you to contemplate the sector’s big issues. 


The launch of the first ever United Nations High-Level Panel for Women’s Economic Empowerment in January 2016 has opened a door for think tanks and other research institutions to share evidence on what helps to grow female entrepreneurship.
Published date: September 22, 2016
Author(s): Alejandra Vargas Garcia
Legal aid is chronically underfunded in Canada and globally. Securing access to justice is integral to development.
Published date: June 29, 2016
Author(s): Adrian Di Giovanni, Lotta Teale, Vivek Maru
Pulses and millets are currently a subject of tremendous interest among the global community.
Published date: June 12, 2016
Author(s): Kevin Tiessen
The WHO is now coordinating an international response, including Canada, to help stop the outbreak.
Published date: March 30, 2016
Author(s): Dominique Charron, Thierry Baldet
Women are the driving force of change in India, Bangladesh and Cambodia.
Published date: March 23, 2016
Author(s): Jean Lebel
Small-scale famers feed 70 per cent of the world’s population and are central to reducing hunger.
Published date: October 15, 2014
Author(s): Dominique Charron, Jacquelyn Wright
Martial Ndeffo is battling Ebola with mathematics.
Published date: October 10, 2014
Author(s): Jean Lebel
The responses to the troubling news from China of a growing number of deaths from H7N9 are all too familiar.
Published date: May 14, 2013
Author(s): Dominique Charron
Investment in science by developing countries helps alleviate poverty and foster openness – but these improvements take time.
Published date: February 21, 2011
Author(s): Naser Faruqui
The climate and financial crises, AIDS and SARS drive the point home: Many problems in today’s world flow freely across borders.
Published date: April 06, 2006
Author(s): Naser Faruqui