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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

In Memoriam: Remembering Flora MacDonald, former Chairperson of IDRC’s Board of Governors

27/07/2015

IDRC was saddened to learn of the passing on July 26 of politician and humanitarian, the Honourable Flora MacDonald. Ms. MacDonald served as Chairperson of IDRC’s Board of Governors from 1992 to 1997. “Flora MacDonald set a shining example as a...

Call for applications: Training program for young South Asian scholars

15/07/2015

The IDRC-funded South Asia Research Network (SARNET) is organizing a two-week training program — Labour Economics: Theories, Methodologies and Research Issues — from October 27 to November 7, 2015. Combining lectures by experts and practical...

Events

Highlight: Forging the new Indonesia-Canada partnership

14/07/2015

Canada and Indonesia share a mutual interest in building a stronger relationship and closer business ties, a recent high-level meeting in Jakarta heard. Areas identified for collaboration include trade, regional security, education, transport...

Highlight: From factory floor to the middle class: Does labour-intensive manufacturing promote economic mobility?

15/06/2015

The 48th Asian Development Bank (ADB) annual meeting was held in Azerbaijan, May 2-5, 2015. IDRC sponsored a seminar on incentivizing employment-intensive manufacturing policies as a strategy for growth and job creation in South Asia. The seminar...

 
 
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