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. 


In Malawi, for example, rural women are spending on average 9.1 hours per week fetching water and firewood.
Published date: March 27, 2017
In many countries in the developing world, people have little access to justice.
Published date: March 07, 2017
Sue Szabo of IDRC considers the importance of understanding different contexts in which global development agendas play out.
Published date: January 24, 2017
Ending economic inequality is one of the biggest policy challenges today. The key is generating solutions backed by solid evidence.
Published date: January 20, 2017
Over the past two decades, Canada has turned pulses from a low-production crop into a key agricultural product.
Published date: January 17, 2017
Published date: December 20, 2016
The world is currently home to the largest number of youth (aged 10 to 24) to have ever reached reproductive age in history.
Published date: November 03, 2016
Welcoming over 30,000 Syrian refugees to Canada in the past year is a reflection of the shared values and generous spirit of Canadians and communities, businesses and governments across this country.
Published date: October 25, 2016
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
Legal aid is chronically underfunded in Canada and globally. Securing access to justice is integral to development.
Published date: June 29, 2016