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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. 

Africa must take ownership of artificial intelligence to maximize its benefits and mitigate its risks.
Published date: February 20, 2020
The 2019 Nobel Prize winners in Economic Sciences showed how evidence-based experiments can help improve the impact of international assistance.
Published date: December 20, 2019
Addressing gender disparities in science improves maternal and child health.
Published date: December 12, 2019
The world’s cities must become part of the solution for climate change.
Published date: December 10, 2019
There is no vaccine for African Swine Fever (ASF). So, when traditional containment efforts fail, triggering its spread across large swaths of Asia, the world should be very concerned.
Published date: August 30, 2019
Significant progress is needed to improve education quality in developing countries.
Published date: July 9, 2019
Communicating research evidence to key stakeholders is improving maternal and child health policies.
Published date: May 22, 2019
With the right policies and institutions, governments can reduce inequality and share benefits of AI.
Published date: May 21, 2019
How we will manage new technologies is thus the most important question ahead of us. Knowing about and preparing for upcoming changes benefit the largest number of people, with least costs of transitions.
Published date: May 15, 2019