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New research supports a gender-equal recovery through low-carbon innovation

December 7, 2021
Over the next three years, 12 new research projects supported by IDRC will address the gender barriers that hinder women’s access to economic opportunities, while supporting sustainable climate-resilient recovery.
Oneida Gómez poses with seedlings from her plant nursery in El Salvador.
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Oneida Gómez owns a small plant nursery in El Salvador.

Women are disproportionately affected by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change. As low- and middle-income countries respond to the needs of their populations and plan for recovery, they have made a commitment to invest in building low-carbon economies. This IDRC-supported research aims to help ensure these responses and recovery efforts are more inclusive and sustainable. 

Following an open, competitive call for expressions of interest, IDRC selected the 12 projects for their relevance, responsiveness to local challenges and clear plans for impact on policies and actions. The projects will  

  • aid pandemic recovery efforts involving marginalized communities  

  • help advance climate action 

  • contribute to women’s increased economic empowerment  


Read about the projects in the Gender Equality in a Low-carbon World initiative:


The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) will complement the research teams’ efforts in translating research findings into evidence-based policies and practices, with an emphasis on synthesizing the knowledge emerging from the entire group of projects. CDKN is managed by SouthSouthNorth, working closely with its partners Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability - South Asia, and ODI.