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Agriculture and Environment

Agriculture and Environment

Food, water, and a healthy environment are essential to human well-being. They are also building blocks for more sustainable and equitable development. But these resources are threatened around the world—more so in developing countries.


Social and Economic Policy

Social and Economic Policy

Public policy can help reduce poverty and promote greater social equity in developing countries. Strong, informed policies can help establish more stable economies with decent work opportunities for the poor, build peaceful societies, and advance...



Science and Innovation

Technology and Innovation

Science, technology, and innovation can drive economic growth, help solve social and environmental problems, and reduce poverty. All countries need to develop the capacity to produce and use science and technology themselves, and adapt...


Program support

Donor Partnerships
To create healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous societies, strong partnerships with other donor organizations are essential. IDRC’s Donor Partnerships Division helps develop relationships with research funders and international...

Evaluation
Evaluation is integral to IDRC’s work. It forms an important part of the evidence base for understanding how research contributes to solving development problems. IDRC strives to be an accountable learning organization by conducting formal...

Fellowships and Awards
IDRC’s Fellowships and Awards program supports Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries to acquire more practical and research-oriented knowledge. From graduate students conducting applied research with African...

Latest Results

IDRC commissions external program reviews toward the end of each program cycle. These final evaluations are our primary accountability mechanism in terms of the results, effectiveness, and relevance of program spending. External program reviews aim...
External Program Reviews (2015)Think Tank converts knowledge into change in GhanaResearch calls for preventive approach to gender-based violence in SenegalHarnessing demographic change for economic growth in AfricaNganyi Community Resource Centre: Community radio station broadcasts weather forecasts, climate change news to farmers in Kenya

Latest Results

In February 2015, the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) in Ghana hosted a succession of briefings on gains made in promoting transparency and accountability, factors affecting economic growth, and the public’s perception of socio-economic and...
External Program Reviews (2015) Think Tank converts knowledge into change in GhanaResearch calls for preventive approach to gender-based violence in SenegalHarnessing demographic change for economic growth in AfricaNganyi Community Resource Centre: Community radio station broadcasts weather forecasts, climate change news to farmers in Kenya

Latest Results

Despite laws and a constitution that guarantees gender equality, women in Senegal still experience high rates of violence. Critics point to an ineffective legal system that doesn't focus on prevention, where police rarely intervene, and where few...
External Program Reviews (2015)Think Tank converts knowledge into change in Ghana Research calls for preventive approach to gender-based violence in SenegalHarnessing demographic change for economic growth in AfricaNganyi Community Resource Centre: Community radio station broadcasts weather forecasts, climate change news to farmers in Kenya

Latest Results

The impact of demographic change on economic growth in Kenya and South Africa is the focus of two articles published in the 2014 Policy in Focus magazine. The two studies were conducted by the National Transfer Accounts (NTA) network, which IDRC has...
External Program Reviews (2015)Think Tank converts knowledge into change in GhanaResearch calls for preventive approach to gender-based violence in Senegal Harnessing demographic change for economic growth in AfricaNganyi Community Resource Centre: Community radio station broadcasts weather forecasts, climate change news to farmers in Kenya

Latest Results

​To mark World Meteorological Day on March 23, 2015, the Kenya Meteorological Service (KMS) launched a resource centre and radio station in western Kenya to disseminate weather and climate information. In 2006, the IGAD Climate Prediction and...
External Program Reviews (2015)Think Tank converts knowledge into change in GhanaResearch calls for preventive approach to gender-based violence in SenegalHarnessing demographic change for economic growth in Africa Nganyi Community Resource Centre: Community radio station broadcasts weather forecasts, climate change news to farmers in Kenya
Research ethics: IDRC’s principles
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