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 countries. Environmental degradation, intensified migration, and increased urbanization 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 Asians build the capacity they need to tackle these problems using their own resources.


IDRC Governor appointed high commissioner to India


IDRC Board of Governors member Nadir Patel has been named high commissioner to the Republic of India. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and International Trade Minister Ed Fast made the announcement on October 10, 2014. “Mr Patel brings a wealth...

Burmese edition of Information Lives of the Poor launched in Burma


The Burmese edition of Information Lives of the Poor: Fighting Poverty With Technology was launched in Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw, Burma, in July 2014. Part of IDRC's in_focus collection, the book explores the poverty reduction impacts of the exploding...


Trade economics conference marks 10th anniversary of Asian research network


The Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT) is hosting a high-level conference to mark 10 years of contributions to research on trade in the region. The Asia-Pacific Trade Economists' Conference will provide an opportunity for...

Development Research Forum 2014: Getting education right for Cambodia's changing labour markets


The 2014 Development Research Forum, to be held September 11-12, 2014 in Phnom Penh, will bring together some 250 Cambodian researchers to discuss education policy, reform, and research priorities and their implications for a broader national...

Lasting impacts: Asia 

Here are a few examples that show how IDRC-supported research in Asia has improved lives.
IDRC funds researchers in the developing world so they can build healthier, more prosperous societies
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