IDRC's Regional Office for Asia is located in New Delhi, India. It serves development researchers and institutions in eighteen countries.
The region is undergoing rapid and historic change. Economic growth has been unprecedented. Yet there are huge disparities in wealth within and between countries. Environmental degradation, growing informal sector, gender violence, and high maternal mortality, are straining infrastructure, fraying relations, and hampering development.
Governments are responding by seeking innovative policies rooted in research. Yet the strength of the institutions that would provide these policy options varies from country to country.
That’s why IDRC’s focus is on providing support that fosters growth with equity. We’re helping Asian innovators and leaders tackle these problems either individually or in collaboration with Canadian and regional partners.


Government of Canada, IDRC collaborate to boost food security for Vietnamese children


​Global Affairs Canada and IDRC are collaborating on an initiative to improve nutrition and food security for Vietnamese children. Malnutrition affects an estimated 780,000 children in Vietnam annually. Through the Canadian International Food...

Former IDRC grantee Harsha de Silva appointed deputy foreign minister in Sri Lanka


​Leading South Asian economist and former IDRC grantee Harsha de Silva has been appointed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in the new Sri Lankan government. De Silva, who has been a member of the Sri Lankan Parliament since 2010, was an...


IDRC grantee wins Malaysia's Entrepreneurial University Award of the Year


IDRC grantee Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) has won Malaysia's Entrepreneurial University Award of the Year (Private University). The award was presented at the Ministry of Higher Education's 2015 Entrepreneurial Awards, held November 4 in...

Silence in the Courts: film of sexual abuse and impunity in Sri Lanka screens in Toronto, Ottawa


The film Silence in the Courts, by Sri Lankan director Prasanna Vithanage, will have two Canadian screenings during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence global campaign. Silence in the Courts is the story of two young Sri Lankan women’s...

Lasting impacts: Asia 

Here are a few examples that show how IDRC-supported research in Asia has improved lives.

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