Doctoral research awards for international development

November 01, 2000

IDRC supports the training of new researchers

OTTAWA Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) today announced the names of Canadian students who have won doctoral research awards. These awards, worth approximately $20 000 each, are given by IDRC twice a year to increase the number of Canadians knowledgeable about and experienced in research for international development.

"I believe Canadian universities need to emphasize on international issues much more," noted Maureen O Neil, president of IDRC, in an interview that will be published in the November 2000 issue of the Quebec magazine Découvrir. "In our increasingly interdependent world, we can no longer think in a solely Canadian perspective. The problems and challenges facing developing countries have, in effect, become ours."

With these awards:

Gabriel Hakizimana, a social and preventive medicine student in the public health doctorate program at the University of Montreal, will study the consequences of civil war on the physical and mental health of Burundi's populations.

Serigne Gaye, who is completing a doctorate in political science at Laval University, will study the effects that State decentralization in Senegal has had on local fiscal reform and the roles and influences of the various stakeholders.

Patricia Kelly, who is studying in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Montreal, will focus on the impact of international tourism on traditional trades practised by poor women and families of Moroccan cities.

Pierre Sean Brotherton, who is pursuing his doctorate in the Department of Anthropology and Social Study of Medicine at McGill University, will examine the development of public health services in the context of post-revolution Cuba and the creation of an image of healthy nation.

Jordi Diez-Mendez, of the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, will study the implementation of environmental policies in Mexico, more specifically the application of laws on municipal water management in various Mexican cities and the role of local decision makers.

Other doctoral research awards will be given later this year by IDRC.

Since 1982, IDRC has been helping graduate students in order to contribute to increasing Canadian knowledge and skills in the field of research for international development. Each award covers the expenses of field work, up to a maximum of $20 000 per year. The awards are given to doctoral candidates in program areas that correspond to IDRC priorities: social and economic equity; environment and natural resource management; and information and communication technologies (ICTs) for development.

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is a public corporation created by the Parliament of Canada to help developing-country scientists and communities find their own solutions to social, economic and environmental problems through research.
Diane Hardy, Media Relations Officer, IDRC
Tel.: 613-236-6163, ext. 2570
Fax: 613-563-2476

International Development Research Center

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