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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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Expanding opportunities for the women who feed Africa


​Eighty percent of Africa’s food comes from small-scale farmers, the vast majority of them women. But with limited or no ownership or control of their land, capital, or labour, women farmers are being left behind – limiting their livelihoods and...

IDRC and CIHR Presidents meet with African health leaders


​IDRC President Jean Lebel and the President of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), Dr. Alain Beaudet, met with African health leaders in Ghana, Tanzania, and Uganda, from September 21 to 28, 2015. This first joint IDRC and CIHR...


Highlight: Examining research funding in Arab countries


​IDRC brought together senior managers from research funds and granting councils in 12 countries to share their experience on rallying domestic research efforts and organizing competitive calls for proposals.  Expected results Research funders seek...

Highlight: Researchers share findings on making Latin American cities safer


Latin American researchers supported by IDRC's Safe and Inclusive Cities (SAIC) initiative were hosted by the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars and American University's Center for Latin American and Latino Studies at a May 2015 event in Washington...

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