As the health, economic, and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic grip the world, grassroots communities and organizations are developing their own coping mechanisms. They are supporting each other, distributing resources, and fighting misinformation, all while building resilience.
IDRC’s support for applied research on climate change adaptation began more than a decade before climate change became a climate crisis. Together with like-minded donors, IDRC has helped establish strong foundations for climate change adaptation research.
IDRC is among the agencies proudly representing Canada at the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP25) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) taking place in Madrid, Spain, from December 2–13.
Practical support, services, and training can go a long way toward improving opportunities for women. However, to ensure these opportunities are sustainable and grounded in local realities, we need to confront the underlying norms and systems at the root of gender-based inequalities. Only then will we have lasting and meaningful gender-transformative change.
Learning financial skills through involvement in an urban farming cooperative has improved the lives of women in Amman, Jordan. The article Developing Value Chains in Amman, Jordan describes how the cooperative has led to women gaining valuable skills through increased participation in business and farming activities.
IDRC-funded researchers have identified coastal areas in the Nile Delta that may be vulnerable to sea level rise using Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Results indicate that significant land loss may occur in that region by 2100. Using the most recent predictions of sea level rise, total coastal land lost could be between 22 to 49%.
Researchers compared water quality available in two informal settlements in Lebanon and Jordan. Tests were conducted to compare water supplied by the municipality and bottled water. The results: tests showed that their quality is similar, although the brand of the bottled water and how it is stored affected its quality.
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