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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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Expanding opportunities for the women who feed Africa


​Eighty percent of Africa’s food comes from small-scale farmers, the vast majority of them women. But with limited or no ownership or control of their land, capital, or labour, women farmers are being left behind – limiting their livelihoods and...

IDRC and CIHR Presidents meet with African health leaders


​IDRC President Jean Lebel and the President of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), Dr. Alain Beaudet, met with African health leaders in Ghana, Tanzania, and Uganda, from September 21 to 28, 2015. This first joint IDRC and CIHR...


Women promote careers in research in Cameroon


​More than 50 entry-level Cameroonian female researchers from academic institutions, research organizations, and government agencies convened in Yaoundé, the Cameroonian capital, at a workshop aimed at increasing the number of young women choosing...

Highlight: Knowledge-sharing meeting examines sustainability issues in Punjab


The Centers for International Projects Trust (CIPT) organized a knowledge-sharing meeting on September 30, 2015 to highlight the major findings of the IDRC-supported project "Improving food and livelihood security in Punjab through...

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