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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

Investing in Internet access boosts incomes, concludes Latin American study

High-speed Internet access, or broadband, can effectively contribute to economic and social development, but only when it is combined with investments in human capital, such as teacher training and digital literacy programs for women, according to a...


Two IDRC researchers part of Future of Latin American Science


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, recognizes 30 Latin American scientists under the age of 40 whose...

Grantees in Latin America honoured


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...


Brazil seminar examines how social protection programs affect jobs


IDRC, the UNDP International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), and the Colombian Think Tank Fedesarrollo are hosting a seminar on September 10-11, 2014 in Brasilia to discuss social protection and its linkages to jobs, entrepreneurship...

IDRC at the World Urban Forum 7 in Medellín, Colombia


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...

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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IDRC funds researchers in the developing world so they can build healthier, more prosperous societies
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