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.


Empowering women entrepreneurs in India: Collaboration with WEConnect International


IDRC recently announced a CA$560,000 grant to WEConnect International to support its new project, “Growing Women-Owned Businesses in India by Building on Private Sector Initiatives.” The project will leverage the significant investments made by...

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


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


Highlight: Ensuring food security through cross-border collaboration


​On May 26, 2015, IDRC held a roundtable on "Food Security for South Asian Regional Stability," in its Asia Regional Office in New Delhi. In attendance were Theressa de Haan, First Secretary, Political and Economic Affairs, High Commission...

Highlight: New research in Burma will tackle labour regulations


IDRC and its research partner, the Myanmar Development Resource Institute-the Centre for Economic and Social Development (MDRI-CESD) announced the launch of a new project in March to support research on reforming labour markets in Burma. This comes...

Lasting impacts: Asia 

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