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Peru receives new funds from Canada for research on public policies

Staff Writer |
Jean Lebel, President of Canada's International Development Research Centre, announced new international cooperation funds to support research in Peru.

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The new three-year, CA$1.2 million dollar project aims to transform the social sciences research system in Peru to address persistent poverty despite economic growth.

Peru's unprecedented 2004–2013 economic boom has failed to reduce gaps in opportunities, in particular for its young citizens and rural and indigenous women. Known as the "middle-income trap," this situation could worsen with the economic slowdown and the current downward trend in investment.

Led by Peru's Economic and Social Research Consortium (CIES), this project will seek alliances among the State, academia, public and private enterprises, and international cooperation to create a culture of collaboration.

In partnership with public institutions including CONCYTEC—Peru's national science, technology and innovation council—CIES will support research on pressing development issues, engage with policymakers, and build alliances with other public and private actors.

The announcement was made during the event "Dialogue on Research and Public Policies in Peru" held at the Central Reserve Bank of Peru with the participation of members of IDRC's Board of Governors led by its President Margaret Biggs.

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