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Supporting local research, finding lasting solutions

To achieve self-reliance, poor communities need answers to questions like: How can we grow more and healthier food? Protect our health? Create jobs? A key part of Canada’s aid program since 1970, IDRC supports research in developing countries to answer these questions.
 
IDRC also encourages sharing this knowledge with policymakers, other researchers, and communities around the world. The result is innovative, lasting local solutions that aim to bring choice and change to those who need it most.
 
A key member of Canada’s foreign aid program, we are one of the world’s leaders in generating and applying new knowledge to meet the challenges facing poor countries.
  • Who: We are a Canadian Crown corporation established in 1970.
  • What: We help developing countries use science and technology to find solutions to local problems.
  • Why: Our efforts lead to healthier people, higher incomes, cleaner environments, and responsible governments.
  • Where: Our head office is in Ottawa. Our regional offices are located in Montevideo, Uruguay; Cairo, Egypt; Nairobi, Kenya, New Delhi, India.
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IDRC and CIHR presidents to jointly address opening session of the 21st Canadian Conference on Global Health

31/10/2014

Jean Lebel, President of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and Alain Beaudet, President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), are set to jointly deliver the opening remarks at the 21st Canadian Conference on...

Canada announces funding for two African health and research organizations under the Maternal and Child Health program

07/11/2014

The Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa research program announced the selection of the two African organizations that will help put research into practice and bring the program’s results to the attention of decision-makers. The...

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