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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.


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...

IDRC invites applications for its Canadian Partnerships Small Grants


This competititon is now closed.   IDRC's Canadian Partnerships Program invites organizations incorporated and headquartered in Canada to submit applications for its 2014-2015 Small Grants for Innovative Research and Knowledge Sharing.Who can...

Featured Publication

Canada Among Nations 2013, Canada-Africa Relations: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

The discourse on Africa is shifting. In the past, famine, disease, and conflict made headlines. In recent years, the narrative around Africa has been more optimistic. Sustained economic growth rates, the world’s fastest-growing middle class, and a...


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...

Highlight: Virtual platforms offer new ways to manage, share knowledge for researchers and civil society


How can virtual platforms (VPs) better support researchers and civil society organizations in their research, policy development, project collaboration, capacity building, and dissemination activities? This was the theme of a Learning Forum hosted...

Latest Results

A smartphone application developed with IDRC support is helping primary animal health workers (PAHWs) in Laos PDR to quickly and accurately answer questions and treat poultry. The app is also helping farmers raise healthier animals and improve their...

Latest Results

For the first time ever, in 2010-2012 the University of Saskatchewan hosted a small grants program that linked eight of its schools, colleges, faculties, and institutes with institutions in 16 developing countries. The Global Partners initiative...

Latest Results

An IDRC-funded project contributed to breaking down barriers between the practice of participatory action research (PAR) and academic training and thinking in the field. The project also supported Southern leadership of regional and thematic...

Latest Results

Africa Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Exploring the Multi-dimensional Discourses on 'Development' challenges longstanding views and practices in discussing Africa's development. The book's contributors, mostly emerging African scholars, argue...

Latest Results

An IDRC-funded research project helped forest communities in  Cross River State, southeastern Nigeria, identify the conditions necessary for programs to successfully reduce carbon emissions in their communities. The study was also a means to inform...
IDRC funds researchers in the developing world so they can build healthier, more prosperous societies
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