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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

Global Health Research Initiative Secretariat closes

13/04/2015

As of April 1, 2015, the Global Health Research Initiative (GHRI) Secretariat was closed. The Secretariat, housed at IDRC, consisted of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and...

IDRC Strategic Plan 2015-2020 focuses on knowledge, innovation, solutions

01/04/2015

IDRC launched its Strategic Plan 2015-2020 on April 1, 2015. Under the theme of “Investing in Solutions,” this plan refocuses the Centre’s vision on producing knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve lives and livelihoods in the developing...

Events

Experts gather in South Africa to discuss research findings from the Safe and Inclusive Cities program

24/04/2015

IDRC, the Wits School of Governance’s Public Safety Programme, and GIZ’s Inclusive Violence and Crime Prevention Programme will convene experts to discuss preliminary findings of the Safe and Inclusive Cities research program (SAIC) on April 24...

IDRC to showcase research at national conference of the Canadian Evaluation Society

24/05/2015

​IDRC will present recent achievements in evaluation research at the Canadian Evaluation Society’s (CES) 36th National Conference to be held in Montréal, Québec, May 24-27, 2015.As 2015 has been designated the International Year of Evaluation, the...

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