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Investing in solutions

Part of Canada’s foreign affairs and development efforts, IDRC invests in knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve lives and livelihoods in the developing world. Bringing together the right partners around opportunities for impact, IDRC builds leaders for today and tomorrow and helps drive large-scale positive change.

IDRC was established by an act of Canada’s parliament in 1970 to help developing countries find solutions to their challenges. The International Development Research Centre Act describes the Centre’s mandate: “to initiate, encourage, support, and conduct research into the problems of the developing regions of the world and into the means for applying and adapting scientific, technical, and other knowledge to the economic and social advancement of those regions.”

The Centre is governed by a board of up to 14 governors, whose chairperson reports to Canada’s parliament through the Minister of International Development.

Our head office is in Ottawa, Canada. Four regional offices help ensure the relevance of our work. They are located in Cairo, Egypt; Montevideo, Uruguay; Nairobi, Kenya; and New Delhi, India. 

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News

Call for applications for agricultural research for development in Africa

27/08/2015

IDRC, through the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture  (IITA), is funding a research grant program on agricultural research for development...

IDRC grantee among winners of South Africa’s 2015 Women in Science Awards

01/09/2015

​Gina Ziervogel, an IDRC grantee and lecturer at the University of Cape Town’s department of environmental and geographic science, has won a life science award from South Africa. Ziervogel was among four women recognized by South Africa for their...

Events

Highlight: Scientists respond to climate change challenges at Our Common Future conference

07/07/2015

More than 2,200 leading scientists and researchers assembled at the “Our Common Future under Climate Change” scientific conference in Paris, France, in July. The conference aimed to address key climate-related issues ahead of the 21st United Nations...

Higher wages and competitiveness: Policy workshop with G20 ministers

12/08/2015

The overall poor performance of wages poses a serious threat to the health of societies and economies. The same is true of the global decline of labour’s share of income – that is, income represented by wages, salaries, and benefits. Policymakers...

 
 
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