Focuses on the International Development Research Centre as an 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.
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Bruce 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 post-Second World War Canadian commercial, economic, and political history. He is the co-editor, along with Ron Harpelle, of Long-Term Solutions for a Short-Term World: Canada and Research Development (WLU Press, 2011). 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 Canada's favourite fruit.
``Bruce Muirhead and Ronald Harpelle have produced an engaging, richly detailed, and timely book. Their accessible history demonstrates how a Canadian Crown corporation has become a global leader in advancing research for development that reflects the priorities and concerns of developing countries. They show how IDRC has been consistently ahead of the curve and has positively contributed to Canada's international reputation. This comprehensive volume reveals why this institution should make all Canadians proud. I strongly urge you to read it.'' -- Adam Sneyd, Department of Political Science, University of Guelph -- 201008 ``What makes this history of IDRC so important is that it highlights the critically important role of this agency in enhancing the research capacity of institutions and scholars in the global south via partnership with Canadian institutions and scholars. This is a story of international cooperation for development that very much needed to be told, and the authors tell it very well--mostly from the perspective of the IDRC leadership from its inception with David Hopper until the Maureen O'Neill years. Each leader over the past forty years made a specific and notable contribution. How they did so, under changing political conditions, makes fascinating reading.'' -- Henry Veltmeyer, International Development Studies, St. Mary's University, Halifax, NS; author of Tools for Change: Handbook in Critical Development Studies (2010) -- 201008
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