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.


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


Congratulations, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi The 2014 Nobel Peace Prize pays fitting tribute to children’s champions. IDRC and the University of King’s College fund the Malala Yousafzai Canada Scholarship, open to young women from...

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

In Laos: Testing mobile solutions for poultry care

Despite national gains in tackling poverty, hunger stubbornly persists in Laos. Some 44% of children under the age of five show signs of stunting as a result of malnutrition. Laos’ National Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy notes the importance...


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

​Effectively evaluating gender-focused programming is vital to improving the socio-economic status and well-being of women and to building gender equality. The Mulheres Mil program, meaning “a thousand strong women,” was a pilot project between the...

Latest Results

Artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) is the largest source of human-caused mercury emissions, surpassing even coal-burning. With more than 15 million small-scale gold miners operating in more than 70 countries today, finding a way to reduce...

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The "brain flow" between Canada and China involves the movement of Chinese students, researchers, and faculty to Canadian educational institutions, and their return to the Chinese workforce. This rotation is producing a new push-pull...

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...

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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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