IDRC President Jean Lebel announced the recipients of the first annual Women, Peace and Security Research Award in a ceremony hosted on 10 February by the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.
This funding opportunity seeks to strengthen science, technology and innovation (STI) in Latin America and the Caribbean to foster the region’s development, by supporting 1) regional collaboration for research and policy uptake; 2) inclusive STI; and 3) strong granting councils and regional coordination agencies.
In Latin America, the increased release of open government data aims to strengthen the transparency and accountability of governments, build new business opportunities, and improve services for citizens.
This project will enhance the use of data from existing household surveys by government officials to analyze the education sector and encourage policymakers to leverage the resulting knowledge on gender, equity, and inclusion to inform their policy decisions.
The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and IDRC launched the Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX) to improve policies and practices that will strengthen national education systems within GPE partner countries.
This project will analyze three state institutions in Tunisia, Egypt, and Yemen - the judiciary, state-controlled religious institutions, and state-owned media - to assess the extent to which these institutions are responding to calls for reform in the wake of the Arab Spring.
Despite reforms, labour markets in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have been unable to absorb the growing number of job seekers. Women and educated youth are particularly vulnerable to high unemployment. However, data on entrepreneurship and the private enterprise sector in the region have been virtually non-existent.
As governments and businesses around the world struggle to guarantee the safety of their citizens and employees, many are turning to private security companies (PSCs). In the English-speaking Caribbean, PSCs now employ more people than the police forces. However, regulating such firms remains inconsistent.