Understanding the changing context for Research for Development (R4D) in Latin America and the Caribbean since 2019

This report is designed to help the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) gain a comprehensive understanding of the changing context around research for development (R4D) in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The report provides a critical snapshot of the region’s current institutional landscape for R4D and analyses the main trends and developments that have significantly influenced the field from 2019 to 2023. It further explores the implications of these trends for actors within the R4D ecosystem.

We have employed a multifaceted research approach to identify the most important macro and micro trends that have affected the R4D ecosystem in the region. Firstly, we conducted a rapid literature review of the extant research and analysis on the R4D ecosystem. This review encompassed reports, research papers, media outlets and commentary to ensure a comprehensive understanding of ongoing regional discussions and debates. Additionally, we engaged in a pulse survey that was widely shared to gather diverse perspectives and inform our analysis.

In an effort to identify emerging trends and issues, we also commissioned think pieces from researchers and thinkers within our network. By leveraging the expertise of OTT’s network and collaborating with Instituto Veredas and the Evidence Hub, we were able to draw upon a broad range of insights and experiences for this report.