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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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Mekong Initiative research awardees announced


The Greater Mekong Subregion Research Network (GMS-Net), together with IDRC, launched a call for proposals to gather high-quality development research on better job prospects for youth, women, and low-skilled workers in the Mekong countries. The...

Lebanon becomes public health global hub


​The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized the Knowledge to Policy (K2P) Center as a leader in evidence-informed policy and practice, and the American University of Beirut (AUB) as a global hub on tobacco control. Supported by Canada’s...


Gary Kobinger – Building capacity, fostering collaboration: The best defense against dangerous pathogens in Africa


Gary Kobinger Award-winning scientist; Chief of the Special Pathogens Biosafety Level 4 program at the National Microbiology Laboratory; Co-Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases Detection, Diagnosis, Reference...

Symposium to address urban violence, crime reduction in West Africa


​Researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and other experts will come together to identify and debate the causes of and solutions to urban violence and social exclusion in West and Central Africa. The Symposim on Local strategies to fight violence...

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