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Cultivating Equality 2021 conference: Panel discussion on transforming outcomes for women livestock owners

October 12, 2021
Four IDRC-supported research teams are set to participate in a panel discussion on the uptake of livestock vaccines by women livestock owners, to take place on October 14, 2021, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. EDT (6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. CET), during this year’s Cultivating Equality: Advancing Gender Research in Agriculture and Food Systems conference.
Grace Mwangi vaccinates a goat with the CCPP vaccine in Kikuyu, Kenya

The teams, supported by the Livestock Vaccine Innovation Fund, are working on four related research projects focusing on empowering women as users of vaccines, as entrepreneurs, and as service providers in the livestock vaccine distribution and delivery chain. Their work contributes to a greater understanding of the social, cultural, and economic factors that prevent women from accessing the resources and benefits of research for development programs, and how they can overcome the obstacles.  

The panel discussion, entitled Using a livestock vaccine value chain framework to identify pathways to transform outcomes for women livestock owners, will touch on the factors that limit the uptake of livestock vaccines by women livestock owners in those areas of Senegal, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Nepal where the research is focused. Each team will also discuss how they have designed their research program to achieve the desired outcome of efficient and equitable vaccine uptake.  

The Cultivating Equality conference addresses how marginalization and social exclusion in agriculture and food systems are shaped at the intersection of gender and other social dimensions, such as socio-economic status, age, ethnicity, religion, and belief systems. The conference is co-organized by the CGIAR Gender Platform and Wageningen University & Research, as EU Gender-SMART partner. Participation is free upon registration. For more information and to register, visit the Cultivating Equality 2021 Website

Building a more resilient tomorrow: IDRC at Adaptation Futures Conference 2021

September 28, 2021
IDRC staff, partners, and grantees are participating in sessions at the Sixth Adaptation Futures Conference, the premier international conference devoted entirely to climate-change adaptation, taking place this year in New Delhi, India, from October 5-8.
Squatter settlements in Tuvalu, built at the edge of a flooded stagnant tidal pool during a high spring tide.
Jocelyn Carlin|PANOS

IDRC is a proud sponsor of the biennial Adaptation Futures Conference, convened under the auspices of the United Nations. IDRC’s support and engagement at past conferences have been critical in broadening the participation of researchers from the Global South.  

Looking ahead, Canada will be hosting the seventh edition of Adaptation Futures in Montreal in 2023 — a critical year that will also see the beginning of a new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment cycle and the first global stock-taking under the Paris Agreement. IDRC is already supporting work to redesign Adaptation Futures to enable more meaningful engagement from the Global South, to better replicate the capacity-strengthening and professional-networking benefits of in-person gatherings, and to reduce the carbon footprint of such gatherings.  

IDRC and partner sessions at the Sixth Adaptation Futures Conference 

Tuesday, October 5 

11:30-13:00 IST 
Managing Heat Stress in South Asia

This session shares lessons on potential adaptative measures, methodology and approaches to address the impact of extreme heat on health, work productivity and livelihoods of vulnerable population. 

11:30-13:00 IST 
Building networks for nature-based solutions for fragile mountain ecosystems 

This session will unpack case studies highlighting nature-based solutions for different sectors from various mountain regions worldwide. 

15:00-16:30 IST 
Climate-change adaptation as a critical approach to minimizing disaster risk: Insights from the field 

This session explores the differences in the understanding and practice of disaster risk reduction and adaptation in the Global South. 

16:30-18:00 IST 
Approaches and capacities for knowledge brokering for climate resilience in the Global South

This session shares lessons on the capacities needed to support effective knowledge brokering in the Global South in the context of COVID-19.  

16:30-18:00 IST 
Managing climate risk and financing adaptation: Emerging lessons from adaptation finance research in the Global South 

This session looks at existing international adaptation finance tools, analyses what lessons can be drawn about their effectiveness, and considers various climate insurance products in Pakistan, Thailand, and the Philippines as an adaptation finance option. 


Wednesday, October 6 

14:30-16:00 IST 
Financing investment in the Global South for a climate-resilient society 

This session aims to generate lessons for the design of innovative mechanisms to strengthen the flow of adaptation finance at multiple scales. 

17:30-19:00 IST 
PLENARY: Raising ambition and accelerating adaptation action 

Hosting women climate leaders from the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, the European Commission, UNEP, UNFCCC, CDC Group, and more, this session looks at the increasing urgency to accelerate climate-change adaptation action across the globe.  

19:00-20:30 IST 
The social lottery: Beating the odds to boost everyone’s climate resilience  

This session will showcase a new, innovative role-playing game developed by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network that enables participants to apply an intersectional lens to climate adaptation.  


Thursday, October 7 

19:00-20:30 IST 
Are we meeting the adaptation leadership challenge in the Global South? 

This session considers the unique leadership capacities required to advance adaptation and reflects on lessons learned from diverse climate-change leadership programs supported in the Global South. 

Think Climate Indonesia team begins work on climate-change mitigation

September 10, 2021
As part of IDRC’s Think Climate Indonesia initiative (TCI), a virtual inception workshop was held on July 21, 22 and 27, 2021, for the five project partners -- Yayasan INOBU, WRI–Indonesia, PATTIRO, Yayasan Kota Kita, and Kemitraan. Organized by IDRC’s TCI project manager and a team of facilitators from Inclusive Innovation, the workshop focused on team building, strategy building, and capacity building.
Team photo from TCI inception workshop
Think Climate Indonesia

Think Climate Indonesia is a three-year partnership supported by IDRC and the Oak Foundation aimed at enabling local think tanks in Indonesia to engage more effectively in climate action.  

Workshop participants included experts in urban planning, knowledge and sustainable management, monitoring and evaluation, and other fields. One of the objectives of the workshop was to create a sense of community among the TCI think-tank members.   

Several positive factors emerged out of the event. The workshop underscored how the commonalities and differences among the groups can be used to work strategically, building on each other’s expertise, networks, and strengths, as well as the previous research work done in different geographical areas. 

The think tanks vowed to work hard on the ambitious ideas raised at the workshop, and agreed to hold monthly meetings to chalk out strategies.  

“We hope that the Think Climate Indonesia initiative will deepen the work of actively researching and engaging with a range of stakeholders, to mobilize policy processes and actions that address climate-change mitigation measures, as well as adaptation and resilience,” said Anindya Chatterjee, IDRC’s Asia Regional Director. “We have indeed seen how, with the right kind of support, local think tanks can be agents of change.” 

“The work that you are doing is critical in a moment of climate crisis,” Santiago Alba Corral, Director of IDRC’s Climate-Resilient Food Systems program, said at the workshop.  “The way that we engage in mitigation and adaptation to climate change are going to be critical, and we want to address the major challenge for humanity. And in particular, in climate hotspots such as Indonesia, you have an opportunity to inform, to influence, to change the way that we work.” 

Read more about the TCI Inception Workshop. 

IDRC at the 2021 Conference of Montreal

September 3, 2021
IDRC will be part of the discussion on moving towards a greener global economy at the 2021 Conference of Montreal.
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The International Economic Forum of the Americas
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IDRC is co-hosting with the International Economic Forum of the Americas a plenary session on opportunities to solve energy poverty and inequalities worldwide, a panel on the care economy, and a fireside chat with Ismahane Elouafi, Chief Scientist at the Food and Agriculture Organization.

The Conference of Montreal aims to heighten knowledge and awareness of the major issues concerning economic globalization, with a particular emphasis on the relations between the Americas and other continents. This year’s conference theme is “Towards a fairer and greener economy.”

This 27th edition of the conference will take place in a hybrid format on September 13-16, 2021, from Montreal and Miami.

Learn more about the Conference of Montreal and register

Overview of IDRC sessions

Tuesday, September 14 |12:40-1:30 p.m.
Renewables to end energy poverty for a sustainable and inclusive world 
Plenary session

Moderated by IDRC President Jean Lebel 

Lack of access to affordable, reliable, and renewable electricity is trapping millions in poverty, worsening food security, undermining efforts to address climate change, and exacerbating inequalities and gender gaps. This conversation will explore the global transition to renewable energy, overcoming obstacles and exploiting opportunities to solve energy poverty and inequalities worldwide and the potential ripple-effect benefits, such as improved education, health, gender equality, food security, economic development, and job creation.

Wednesday, September 15 | 11:00-11:50 a.m.
Investing in those who care

Moderated by IDRC Vice-President Dominique Charron

Care and domestic work are key barriers to women’s and girls’ empowerment. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated how vital it is to society, yet much of it remains invisible, undervalued, and unevenly distributed. How can business and investment address the gender and social disparities associated with vulnerable care jobs and transform them into fair job opportunities? What market-based solutions are emerging to recognize, reward, reduce, and redistribute care activities and advance gender equality?

Wednesday, September 15 | 1:20-1:50 p.m.
Uniting the scientific community: What the Global North can learn from the South in research and development?
Fireside chat

Interviewed by Jean Lebel

IDRC President Jean Lebel will interview Ismahane Elouafi, Chief Scientist at the Food and Agriculture Organization, about the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on the path to Zero Hunger by 2030.

IDRC to support research chairs on forced displacement in Central and South America and South and Southeast Asia

August 16, 2021
IDRC has launched a call for proposals from universities in South and Southeast Asia and Central and South America, to establish research chairs on forced displacement.
A Rohingya woman runs a school for fellow refugee women in Bangladesh.
UN Women Asia and the Pacific

Close to 80 million people worldwide have been forcibly displaced because of persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations, economic hardship, climate change, and prolonged instances of political instability.  

Eighty percent of the world’s forcibly displaced are hosted in countries in the Global South. Yet almost all the research that influences policy and practice on forced displacement originates from Northern countries. To generate more national and local policy-relevant knowledge, IDRC will support for up to five years the establishment of up to two university research chairs in South and Southeast Asia and two university research chairs in Central and South America. 

The research chair positions will: 

  • empower institutions in these regions to define research agendas 
  • lead on practical solutions that transform unequal gender relations and promote social, economic, political, and health rights among forcibly displaced persons and their host communities  
  • amplify the voices and perspectives of forcibly displaced persons and host communities in local, national, regional, and global arenas 

This call for proposals is part of a broader IDRC contribution to localize research on forced displacement, which includes a recently closed call for proposals to establish research chairs in the Middle East and East Africa.  

IDRC’s Strategy 2030 aims to contribute to more inclusive, accountable, and transparent governance for people — especially women and children. Our efforts to improve governance for people who are forced to migrate, and the communities that host them, contribute to the greater use of data, evidence, and research for inclusive decision-making, a key enabler for advancing the Sustainable Development Goals.

For more information, and to apply, please go to our call for proposals page.  

The deadline for the call is September 30, 2021 (4 p.m. EDT). 

IDRC at INGSA2021: science advice to governments during pandemic recovery

August 13, 2021
IDRC is taking part in INGSA2021, an international conference on issues of science advice to governments, with a focus on COVID-19 recovery and supporting a more effective use of science for public policy in the Global South.

The 4th International Conference on Science Advice to Governments, INGSA2021 — Build Back Wiser: Knowledge, Policy and Publics in Dialogue, takes place from August 30 to September 2, 2021. It is hosted by the chief scientist of Québec, Professor Rémi Quirion, with the support of the chief science advisor of Canada, Mona Nemer, and will take place in a hybrid and virtual format at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, Québec, Canada. 

Sign up for free registration here. 

As a sponsor of INGSA2021, IDRC is pleased to be part of several events, including a plenary panel to be moderated by IDRC President Jean Lebel on August 31 from 8:45 a.m.-9:30 a.m. EDT. The panel —  called Fast and fair societal transformation: the role of social science and humanities in science advice on our shared challenges —  will bring together experts from across the world to explore new types of science advice and how it can be utilised by policy-makers to address the societal elements of our sustainability challenges. 

Strong, inclusive science institutions in the Global South need enhanced visibility and steady support. IDRC has a long history of working to strengthen science systems in low- and middle-income countries by supporting institutions such as universities and civil society organizations (including the private sector) that shape what science is being done and how it can achieve impact. 

INGSA2021 is organized by the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), a collaborative platform for policy exchange, capacity building and research across diverse global science advisory organisations and national systems. INGSA operates as an affiliated body of the International Science Council and is based in Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. 

Roundtable on transforming research excellence: new ideas from the Global South

August 6, 2021
IDRC is moderating a roundtable discussion, hosted by African Minds and the University of Johannesburg, on transforming research excellence. 
Research Excellence Roundtable

When: 12 August 2021 (9:00 EDT  | 13:00 GMT | 18:30 IST) 

Where: Online & Open to all – register on African Mind’s event page 

The roundtable discussion will apply a critical lens to the notion of research excellence. The event will address questions such as what is “excellent” science and how can we recognize it, with an exchange of ideas on practical actions that can be taken to improve the operationalisation of the notion of excellence in the Global South. 

The book highlights gaps and shortcomings in how the notion of excellence is currently applied across research ecosystems, and argues that we must do better if scientific research is to fulfil its promise – as a productive force in creating a healthier, happier, more prosperous society, in particular in the Global South. 

The event will be moderated by Robert McLean, senior evaluation specialist at IDRC, and will include Drs. Suneeta Singh and Robert Tijssen as panelists, and Dr Ranjith Mahindapala as lead discussant. The panel discussion will be followed by a facilitated interactive session focused on capturing implementable ideas to take the excellence agenda forward.   

Call for proposals: Establishing research chairs on forced displacement in South and Southeast Asia, and Central and South America

Call for
Inclusive Economies
Democratic and Inclusive Governance
Up to 60 months
Social Policy
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Trinidad and Tobago
Dominican Republic
Funded by
CA$500,000 each
Point of contact

This call for proposals is open to universities based in low- and middle-income countries in South and Southeast Asia, and Central and South America. Applicants must have a strong track record in research as well as community and policy outreach.   

To be eligible, applicants should demonstrate institutional expertise and commitment to advancing knowledge on forced displacement as well as a commitment to advancing gender equality, inclusion, and equity.


IDRC will support the establishment of up to four university research chairs, for up to five years: two in South and Southeast Asia, and two in Central and South America. For a list of eligible countries, please see the Frequently asked questions document

The aim of the research chair positions will be to empower institutions in these regions to define research agendas on forced displacement. They will also lead on identifying practical, gender-transformative solutions that promote the social, economic, political, and health rights of forcibly displaced persons and host communities.  

These research chairs will: 

  • commit to excellence in research and teaching on forced displacement and mentor early-career scholars in this field 

  • be demand driven and responsive and reflect specific thematic and sectoral, as well as sub-national, national, and regional priorities and capacities 

  • complement IDRC strategic priorities 

  • ensure an interdisciplinary, multi-sectoral, and gender-transformative approach to studying forced displacement 

  • ensure a strong linkage with community research, policy influence, and programming initiatives, including with refugee-led responses 

  • ensure that the research conducted has a strong connection to policy processes — from the local to national, regional, and global to promote sustainable and workable solutions 

  • collaborate with research chairs in other regions, including those supported by IDRC in the Middle East and East Africa, to reinforce the collective impact of localized knowledge production on forced displacement 

More details

An online information session will be held for interested applicants on August 26, 2021 at 8 a.m. EDT. Access the information session here  .

For more information, please read the detailed call for proposals. Please also consult our frequently asked questions

Any enquiries related to the call and application process should be sent by email to To provide a response before the call deadline, IDRC must receive enquiries five business days in advance of the deadline date.   

If you are eligible for this opportunity we welcome you to submit an application.

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