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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

Chilean and Canadian researchers joined forces to investigate the impacts of paid and unpaid work on the mental health of Chilean workers, paying particular attention to gender issues. The researchers worked to encourage the introduction of policies...
A gendered look at workplace mental health in ChileBuilding policy leadership among HIV/AIDS health workersImproving research capacity on information society issues Improving pain relief for children in ThailandReducing childhood obesity in Mexico

Latest Results

Health workers need research, leadership, and policy skills to help create programs that respond effectively to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. This innovative multi-country collaboration sought to strengthen HIV/AIDS health systems in sub-Saharan Africa and...
A gendered look at workplace mental health in Chile Building policy leadership among HIV/AIDS health workersImproving research capacity on information society issues Improving pain relief for children in ThailandReducing childhood obesity in Mexico

Latest Results

An IDRC-funded project has enhanced the research capacity of 15 emerging information society scholars in Africa, Asia, and Latin America through grants, mentorship, and training. Thanks to the project, more researchers from developing countries are...
A gendered look at workplace mental health in ChileBuilding policy leadership among HIV/AIDS health workers Improving research capacity on information society issues Improving pain relief for children in ThailandReducing childhood obesity in Mexico

Latest Results

​Children are more at risk than adults for untreated or undertreated pain from surgery, injury, and infections. This can include negative physical, psychological, and social consequences for both the young patients and their families. Children in...
A gendered look at workplace mental health in ChileBuilding policy leadership among HIV/AIDS health workersImproving research capacity on information society issues Improving pain relief for children in ThailandReducing childhood obesity in Mexico

Latest Results

In the past 20 years, overweight and obesity rates among Mexican children have increased by nearly 40%. As with many other low- and middle-income countries, Mexico is experiencing this “nutrition transition” as a result of changes in diet, nutrition...
A gendered look at workplace mental health in ChileBuilding policy leadership among HIV/AIDS health workersImproving research capacity on information society issues Improving pain relief for children in Thailand Reducing childhood obesity in Mexico
Research ethics: IDRC’s principles
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