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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.
To learn more
Annual Report 2012-2013

Annual Reports

Annual Report 2012-2013

 
Strategic framework 2010-2015

Strategic Documents

Strategic framework 2010-2015

IDRC at a glance

Our Briefing Notes give you a snapshot of IDRC programs, along with resources, short bios of governors and senior staff, contact info, and answers to frequently asked questions.
Research ethics: IDRC’s principles
 
 
About Us
IDRC funds researchers in the developing world so they can build healthier, more prosperous societies
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