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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 adopts new Open Access Policy

01/05/2015

IDRC has announced a new open access policy for all its funded project outputs. The policy applies to all outputs resulting from proposals received after the policy takes effect on July 20, 2015. IDRC’s open access policy is based on the belief...

IDRC announces scale-up of four ground-breaking solutions to improve food security in developing countries

27/04/2015

The Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF) announced four new projects to make food more secure and nutritious in developing countries. These projects are part of an effort, launched in 2014, to scale up the most promising...

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...

Building bridges: Putting young African leaders at the forefront of change

31/03/2015

The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Building Bridges program is putting young people at the forefront of change. In March 2015, 24 young African leaders from business, civil society, and government sectors met in Cape Town for the Building Bridges...

 
 
 
Strategic Plan 2015-2020 Investing in solutions
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Annual Report 2013-2014Annual Report 2013-2014
 
 
 

New funding

IDRC Doctoral Research Awards
Deadline: May 20, 2015

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