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- DescriptionThe book focuses on the International Development Research Centre as a unique institution that has funded research in the developing South--research proposed and undertaken by Southern researchers--and how, as a result, it has had tremendous impact despite a relatively small budget. The IDRC is much better kwn in the developing South than in Canada; in many of the roughly 150 countries in which it has provided research funding it has contributed to creating a very positive image of Canada. The centre's arms-length relationship with Canadian government assistance provides it with ermous freedom and flexibility--it was established in 1970 with its own act under the Trudeau government. The IDRC board is one-half international and one-half Canadian and is the only governmental agency in the world that has this structure, giving them unique insight into Southern development issues. One of the IDRC's founding principles was its insistence on having Southern researchers decide which projects would be put forward for possible funding, and much care has been taken to avoid research imperialism or colonialism. An analysis of the path less travelled, but which IDRC found amenable, is fundamental to this history of the centre, and the book highlights the decisions, ideas, and practices that flow from this basic premise.
- Author BiographyBruce Muirhead is a professor in the Department of History at the University of Waterloo and the associate dean, Graduate Studies and Research. He is also a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). He has written extensively on postaSecond World War Canadian commercial, economic, and political history. Ronald N. Harpelle is a historian and filmmaker. He is the author of The West Indians of Costa Rica and has written extensively about the West Indian diaspora in Central America. He is the co-author, with Bruce Muirhead, of IDRC: 40 Years of Ideas, Innovation, and Impact (WLU Press). Harpelle and Muirhead's research on IDRC appears in the documentary [http://vimeo.com/16696833/ Citoyens du Monde/Citizens of the World ]. Ron Harpelle is also the director of In Security , a documentary film about barbed wire and boundaries and the co-director of Banana Split , a documentary about Canadaas favourite fruit.
- Author(s)Bruce Muirhead,Ronald N. Harpelle
- PublisherWilfrid Laurier University Press
- Date of Publication07/09/2010
- SubjectEconomics: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Place of PublicationWaterloo, Ontario
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintWilfrid Laurier University Press
- Content Noteb/w illus
- Weight572 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine25 mm
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