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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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Knowledge, innovation, solutions: IDRC's seventh annual public meeting


​IDRC’s new strategic plan speaks to the Centre’s determination to make a difference, in bigger and more significant ways than ever, the Honourable Monte Solberg told an audience of 70 at IDRC’s 2015 annual public meeting. "IDRC always has...

Call for proposals in immunology research


​IDRC, the Israel Science Foundation, the Azrieli Foundation, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research have issued the second call for proposals under the Joint Canada-Israel Health Research program.   Approximately six grants worth up to...


Silence in the Courts: film of sexual abuse and impunity in Sri Lanka screens in Toronto, Ottawa


The film Silence in the Courts, by Sri Lankan director Prasanna Vithanage, will have two Canadian screenings during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence global campaign. Silence in the Courts is the story of two young Sri Lankan women’s...

IDRC receives award from Government of Bhutan


​The Government of Bhutan has awarded IDRC a certificate of appreciation for its contribution to measuring the well-being of the Himalayan nation’s citizens through its Gross National Happiness (GNH) index. Anindya Chatterjee, IDRC’s Regional...

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