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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.
  • Where: Our head office is in Ottawa. Our regional offices are located in Montevideo, Uruguay; Cairo, Egypt; Nairobi, Kenya, New Delhi, India.
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News

Three new international research projects to address world hunger

15/12/2014

IDRC and Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) have announced three new projects to be supported under the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF).   A $124-million fund, CIFSRF works to increase food security...

Former IDRC grantee wins design for living award for work in urban agriculture

10/12/2014

Vikhram Bhatt, a McGill University architecture professor and former IDRC grantee, has won the UBC Margolese National Design for Living Prize. Bhatt was recognized for his decades-long work on minimum-cost housing and for more recent work on urban...

 
Annual Report 2013-2014

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Annual Report 2013-2014

 
Strategic framework 2010-2015

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Strategic framework 2010-2015

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IDRC funds researchers in the developing world so they can build healthier, more prosperous societies
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