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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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The Policy and Evaluation Division is re-launching a call for a 2016 Research Awardee


​The selected candidate will work closely with the IDRC to explore the first objective of IDRC’s Strategic Plan for 2015-2020 (Invest in knowledge and innovation for large-scale positive change) and how this objective intersects with evaluation. ...

Maternal and child health research featured in Canadian Geographic


An IDRC-supported researcher is receiving international attention for his work to address maternal and child death rates in East Africa. Moses Mulumba, health lawyer and Executive Director of the Center for Health, Human Rights and Development...


IDRC activities during International Development Week 2016


IDRC is celebrating International Development Week (IDW) 2016 through a variety of activities at three Ottawa region universities, and beyond. From January 29 to February 13, the Centre will take part in film screenings, round tables, lectures and...

The impact of women’s action groups on social and economic change in India


​The Mahila Samakhya (MS) program in India launched in 1989 with the premise that women should be leaders in their own empowerment. The program has mobilised around 1.2 million poor to organize, through collective action groups, and participate in...

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