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Technology and Innovation
Leveraging science and innovation for development

Science, technology, and innovation (STI) 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 knowledge to their needs and contexts.

Societies also need to understand both the benefits and risks of emerging technologies, such as digital ones, in order to maximize their benefits.

IDRC’s Technology and Innovation program supports research and capacity building to help developing countries produce, adapt, and use STI for development.

Along with gender, key cross-cutting themes within the program are intellectual property rights, science granting councils, and inclusiveness.
 

African Institute for Mathematical Sciences

​IDRC is implementing Canada’s $20 million contribution to expand the network of Institutes for Mathematical Sciences in Africa, which provides rigorous mathematics training to post-graduate African students.

Canada-Israel Health Research Program

The Canada-Israel Health Research Program is a 7-year, CA$35M Canadian-Israeli effort that draws on the unique scientific strengths of both countries and facilitates networking opportunities with peers from Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Development Innovation Fund

The Government of Canada established the Development Innovation Fund (DIF) in 2008.The Fund aims to support the best minds in the world as they search for breakthroughs in global health and other areas that have the potential to bring about enduring changes in the lives of millions of people in poor countries.

IDRC Challenge Fund

This initiative partners with Canada’s science granting councils to support joint research by Canadian and Southern scientists in areas of shared interest, such as climate change and infectious disease.

Information and Networks

This program explores the positive and negative impacts of widespread access to mobile telephones and the Internet in developing countries. I&N works to promote positive social and economic change, particularly in the areas of creative industries, governance, learning, and science.
 
 

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...
Improving research capacity on information society issues Training young researchers to influence telecommunications policyNew books highlight diverse ways ICTs contribute to developmentTeacher education program explores building professional learning communities in IndiaInformation Lives of the Poor: Fighting poverty with technology

Latest Results

IDRC-supported conferences, tutorials, and internships in Asia, Africa and Latin America are building the capacity of young researchers to inform telecommunications policy. Communication Policy Research: south (CPRsouth) conferences showcase the...
Improving research capacity on information society issues Training young researchers to influence telecommunications policyNew books highlight diverse ways ICTs contribute to developmentTeacher education program explores building professional learning communities in IndiaInformation Lives of the Poor: Fighting poverty with technology

Latest Results

Two recently published open access books present the findings of IDRC-funded research exploring the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in developing countries. These books provide important insights into the increasingly...
Improving research capacity on information society issues Training young researchers to influence telecommunications policy New books highlight diverse ways ICTs contribute to developmentTeacher education program explores building professional learning communities in IndiaInformation Lives of the Poor: Fighting poverty with technology

Latest Results

IDRC supports the Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project, which aims to improve educational policy, practice, and research in developing countries through a better understanding of the use and impact of open...
Improving research capacity on information society issues Training young researchers to influence telecommunications policyNew books highlight diverse ways ICTs contribute to development Teacher education program explores building professional learning communities in IndiaInformation Lives of the Poor: Fighting poverty with technology

Latest Results

A robust network of researchers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America has delved down to the household level to better understand the changes brought about by increased access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the developing...
Improving research capacity on information society issues Training young researchers to influence telecommunications policyNew books highlight diverse ways ICTs contribute to developmentTeacher education program explores building professional learning communities in India Information Lives of the Poor: Fighting poverty with technology
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