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Latin America and the Caribbean
Practical solutions to enduring problems

Located in Montevideo, Uruguay, IDRC’s regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean coordinates our activities in 33 countries.

 
Our programming reflects the diverse needs of Mesoamerica, the Caribbean, and South America. Three core goals underlie our work in the region:
  • upholding democracy, human rights, and accountable government
  • reducing vulnerability to disease, natural disasters, and degrading natural resources
  • increasing opportunities for equitable economic growth and access to social safety nets and services
A number of countries in the Americas are emerging from prolonged internal conflict or civil war. IDRC’s support in the region recognizes that research is needed to expand the range of practical solutions to enduring problems, to encourage innovation, and to promote long-term growth in the region.

Latest Project

17th Conference of the International Association for the Economics of Participation

The 17th Conference of the International Association for the Economics of Participation (IAFEP) will be held in Uruguay in 2014. This marks the first time that a developing-country institution will host the conference. This project will provide …

Latest Result

Evaluating vocational training program for women in Brazil

​Effectively evaluating gender-focused programming is vital to improving the socio-economic status and well-being of women and to building gender equality. The Mulheres Mil program, meaning “a thousand strong women,” was a pilot project between the...


News

Two IDRC researchers part of Future of Latin American Science

15/05/2014

Two IDRC researchers are included in a list of scientific leaders dubbed The Future of Latin American Science. The list, compiled by Que Pasa magazine and LatinAmericanScience.org, recognizes 30 Latin American scientists under the age of 40 whose...

Grantees in Latin America honoured

15/05/2014

IDRC grantees across Latin America and the Caribbean have been recognized for their contributions to international development.   Adriana Blanco Metzler, from the Costa Rica Institute for Research and Education on Nutrition, was recognized by the...

Events

IDRC at the World Urban Forum 7 in Medellín, Colombia

05/04/2014

IDRC and partners from four countries will host a Networking Event as part of the official program of UN-Habitat’s World Urban Forum 7 in Medellín, Colombia, April 5-11, 2014. The event focuses on how to create safer cities, one of six subthemes...

Highlight: Debating the complexities of health reforms in Latin America

25/11/2013

Health researchers and policymakers from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Mexico met in Bogotá in November 2013 to share their experiences of health system reform. IDRC and the Health Ministry of Colombia hosted...


Lasting impacts:
Latin America and the Caribbean




Here are a few examples that show how IDRC-supported research in Latin America and the Caribbean has improved lives

Guyanese fishers
Since the early 1970s, IDRC has supported the efforts of researchers in the English-speaking Caribbean to reduce poverty and inequality, restore degraded coastal ecosystems, and protect communities against disease and natural disasters.

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