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Canadian Partnerships
Linking Canada to the world

The goal of IDRC’s Canadian Partnerships program is simple: foster innovative approaches to development challenges by linking academic and practitioner communities in Canada and in developing countries. 

Our mandate is based on the belief that sharing knowledge, ideas, and skills across sectors and regions will contribute to global equity, prosperity, and a sustainable environment.

How do we do it?

We fund research and related activities carried out by Canadians from across different sectors (universities and non-governmental organizations), often in collaboration with their counterparts in developing countries. We support activities that have the potential to influence policy and practice. Most of our more than 50 recipients a year receive funds through our small grants program.


Malala Yousafzai Canada Scholarships launched by IDRC and University of King’s College


On May 15 in Halifax, University of King's College graduating students were joined by a notable new honorary graduate: education activist Malala Yousafzai who participated in the school’s Encaenia ceremony by pre-recorded video address. Yousafzai...

Virtual lab to connect global health researchers


The Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR) is a global network connecting people, ideas, and expertise. The network has launched a Virtual Platform Laboratory seeking to improve online communication and knowledge mobilization among...

Featured Publication

Canada Among Nations 2014. Crisis and Reform: Canada and the International Financial System

​This 28th edition of the Canada Among Nations series examines the 2008 global financial crisis, its impact on Canada, and the country’s historic and current role in the international financial system. Published by the Centre for International...


Highlight: Understanding research excellence for international development


What makes up excellence in international development research? How can research quality be assured? Traditional academic metrics like publications and citations are certainly part of the answer, but not all. An important debate on research quality...

Fighting Hunger Conference - June 2013


On the occasion of its 30th anniversary, the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, in collaboration with the University of Winnipeg and Canadian Mennonite University, is hosting a two-day conference (June 13-14, 2013) in Winnipeg entitled Fighting Hunger - a...

Latest Results

For many rural Africans, radio is a key channel to news, information, and knowledge. For small-scale farmers who have limited or no access to other media such as newspapers, television, or the Internet, radio is an essential part of their daily...

Latest Results

The International Center for Transitional Justice defines transitional justice as the “the set of judicial and non-judicial measures…to redress the legacies of massive human rights abuses. These measures include criminal prosecution, truth...

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​In many rural and peri-urban areas around the world, water used for human consumption is being contaminated with human pathogens, heavy metals, and other dissolved compounds. As a result, millions of families lack access to safe water. Families...

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Over the last three decades, 4,000 doctors have left Ethiopia for specialized training abroad. But very few return home to practice their specialty. Now, thanks to the Toronto-Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration in Emergency Medicine (TAAAC-EM)...

Latest Results

Engaging with communities is critical to helping design healthcare systems and to encourage people to invest in their own health. Cooperation between researchers, community members, and health workers helps to address health concerns and inform...
IDRC funds researchers in the developing world so they can build healthier, more prosperous societies
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