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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

IDRC extends condolences

15/05/2015

Today Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) learned with sadness of the passing of research colleagues Martha Farrell, of the Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), and Paula Kantor, a former Director of the Afghan...

IDRC hits the road Together with Aga Khan Foundation Canada

11/05/2015

The Aga Khan Foundation Canada launched Together: An Exhibition on Global Development on April 22, 2015 in Ottawa. This bilingual, mobile exhibit is housed in a 53-foot custom vehicle. With 1,000 square feet of space, Together features the work of...

Events

IDRC sponsors panel on Asian workers at annual meeting of Asian Development Bank

02/05/2015

IDRC and the JustJobs Network are sponsoring a panel discussion on Asian labour standards at the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) 2015 Annual Meeting, being held May 2-5 in Baku, Azerbaijan. More than 3,000 participants from around the world...

Highlight: Pioneer of oral rehydration therapy visits IDRC's Asia regional office in Delhi

16/03/2015

Dr Richard A. Cash was a guest lecturer at the IDRC Asia Regional Office in New Delhi on March 16, 2015. Dr Cash is renowned for his pioneering work on oral rehydration therapy (ORT), a practical treatment for cholera and other diseases causing...

 
 
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