Long-Term Solutions for a Short-Term World
Canada and Research Development
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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This book is an offshoot of a project to write a history of the International Development Research Centre. Research on the IDRC History Project began in 2006 and over a three-year period we had the opportunity to meet scientists from around the world. ...
Introduction: The International Development Research Centre and Research for Development
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One of the most fascinating and inspiring aspects of international development is the dedication of individuals who are engaged finding solutions to the problems faced by the world’s poor. In this age of globalization, we are never far from those that plague developing countries. ...
Chapter One: The Underpinnings of Canadian Development Assistance
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Defence, diplomacy, and development are the three pillars of Canadian foreign policy, and their use is in direct response to the needs or objectives of the Canadian government in a given country or region. Diplomacy and development work hand in hand to assist poor countries in strengthening their capacity to engage in democratization, ...
Chapter Two: IDRC: Forty Years of Research for Development
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The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is a product of a certain time, place, and philosophy paralleling what was happening domestically in Canada with the very activist agenda pursued by the government of Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson. It reflected a confidence in government and that “development” remained possible, ...
Chapter Three: Development Dharma and International Co-operation in a Changing World
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In countries of the non-industrialized South, so termed because labels such as “underdeveloped” or “Third World” are now no longer “politically correct” or relevant after the collapse of the Second (communist) bloc, development has become the new religion of our times. ...
Chapter Four: The Rebirth of the Argan Tree or, How to Stop the Desert While Giving a Future to Amazigh Women in Morocco
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Professor Charrouf has been fascinated by the argan tree for more than twenty-five years. This amazing tree is endemic only to the South of Morocco, where it covers an area of almost 8000 square kilometres (2 million acres). Though sometimes irregular, this area, referred to as “the Argan forest,” plays a crucial function in southern Morocco, ...
Chapter Five: Under Fire: Doing Research in Warlike Conditions
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Palestinians have been living in protracted conflict for almost one hundred years, with varying degrees of exposure to violence and security threats and with periods of extreme Israeli military brutality. Warlike conditions are not only part of daily life; they have become normalized to some extent as a matter of survival and resilience.1 ...
Chapter Six: Informal Waste Recycling and the Landfill in Dakar
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My interest in environmental issues was first piqued during my Masters studies, and I began to question the state of the urban environment, particularly urban solid waste management, when I was the Municipal Engineer for the city of Rufisque, in the Dakar region. ...
Chapter Seven: Digital Technologies and Learning: Their Role in Enhancing Social and Economic Development
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Realizing the potential of individuals and communities is fundamental to furthering social and economic transformations. Development, as we know, is not simply a matter of bettering one’s income or of introducing social or technological change; it demands, above all, the creation of opportunities to overcome inequities ...
Chapter Eight: Past, Present, and Future of Biological Control of Malaria with Community Participation in Peru
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Recently I met with friends of mine from high school who told me I should be proud to be a researcher, especially coming from a class of only 42. My friend Pilar reminded me that since childhood I have been like a researcher. During the 1974 earthquake in Lima, she remembers that everybody else ran, but I was on the floor listening to the noises, ...
Chapter Nine: Participatory Research on Information and Communication Technologies for Development and the Logic of the Network Approach
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The International Development Research Centre’s Acacia program is a program which provides grants and capacity-building support to Africans conducting research relating to the Information Society in Africa. The research undertaken with the financial and capacity-building support of the Acacia program is starting to demonstrate ...
Chapter Ten: The Role of Private Academic Centres and Foreign Aid in Developing Social Sciences during Military Dictatorship
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Until 1973 Uruguay had one of the best records of democracy in Latin America. Then, in February that year, after years of mounting conflict, the Uruguayan military staged a quasi-coup, backing the president, Juan María Bordaberry, and rapidly taking control of the various branches of government. ...
Conclusion: Long-Term Solutions
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The complexity of the challenges of poverty in our rapidly changing world are daunting because solutions to everyday problems often seem to be just beyond the grasp of countries with so many needs and so few resources. Without the dedication of individuals like the researchers in this book, innovation and research into problems of poverty ...
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Zoubida Charouff is a professor at the Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco. Her interest lies in the phytochemistry of Moroccan medicinal plants and the evaluation of their chemical components in nutrition and cosmetics. A woman of action and conviction, she has contributed to the betterment of rural women’s lives ...
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Publication Year: 2011