The announcement was made by IDRC President Maureen O’Neil during a visit by members of the IDRC Board of Directors to Lima. Both cities will participate in the projects created by the IDRC’s Urban Poverty and Environmental Program under the Focal City Investigation Initiative, which selected three projects in Latin America and northern Africa that will last approximately 4 years.
Almost half of the world’s population lives in urban areas. Cities are instruments to economic growth and cultural prosperity, but they can also be places where poverty and pollution flourish.
The objective of the IDRC’s Focal City Investigation Initiative is to promote sensitivity, political options, and better environmental practices designed to reduce environmental damage in poor urban areas, though participative investigation with teams of citizens which should include government authorities, investigational institutions, and community organizations.
The project in Lima, Peru, which is headed by the Institute of Human Development (CENCA) will develop an integrated and participatory investigation aimed at reducing the vulnerability, poverty, and environmental damage in Lima’s critical urban area of Rio Rimac – Cercado (Rimac River-Downtown).
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