2022 IDRC Awards

Congratulations to Edmond Bandauko, Kamaldeen Mohammed and Loyce Mrewa who have each received successful funding from the 2022 International Doctoral Research Awards (IDRA) program.

Funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and administered by Universities Canada, the IDRA supports the development of research skills in Canada and the Global South, to improve the lives of people in the developing world.

Elmond Bandauko - Department of Geography and Environment

Elmond is a PhD candidate at Western University. His research examines how urban policies and practices in Harare, Zimbabwe are experienced, negotiated and resisted by street traders in their struggle to survive in an environment where their livelihood activities are criminalized and stigmatized as ‘nuisance’ and ‘undesirable’ in modern cities. The gendered implications of urban policies and street traders’ resistance and negotiation strategies will also be examined. This research aims to inform urban policy and practice on building inclusive and pro-poor urban economies as promoted in the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda.

Kamaldeen Mohammed - Department of Geography and Environment

Kamaldeen is a PhD Student at Western University. For his research, he utilizes remote sensing and participatory GIS techniques to understand how trees and forests can be harnessed for climate-resilient and equitable food systems in smallholder communities in Malawi. His research examines how tree-based food can be scaled up to reshape food systems to support healthy diets for all in rural sub-Saharan Africa amid climate change.

Loyce Mrewa - Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction

Loyce is a PhD candidate at Western University. Her research investigates whether the International Criminal Court (ICC) should consider neotraditional justice mechanisms in its evaluation of positive complementarity when it confronts sexual and gender-based crimes. It uses Liberian Peace Huts as its case study. Complementarity mandates the ICC to defer to local courts when they are able or willing to investigate or prosecute and only takes jurisdiction when local courts cannot. Community-led Peace Huts promote flexible understandings of justice by offering communities various services, including mediation.