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 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.
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
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