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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

African scientists to support climate negotiations ahead of international climate change talks

11/08/2015

A new network of climate change scientists from across Africa is working to strengthen the continent's stance at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)to be held in...

Advancing women's leadership in health research in Cameroon

28/08/2015

IDRC is committed to investing in emerging leaders in Africa and supporting their contributions in areas such as sustainable economic growth, governance, and health. A recent grant from IDRC will support young women researchers in Cameroon. The...

Events

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...

Highlight: Canadian and Caribbean parliamentarians discuss open data

27/04/2015

On April 27 and 28, the International Development Research Centre co-hosted a two-day meeting on open data and open parliaments with the Canada Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. This inaugural meeting of the Canada-Caribbean...

 
 
 
Strategic Plan 2015-2020 Investing in solutions
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Annual Report 2013-2014Annual Report 2013-2014
 
 
 
 
 
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