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.


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...

Call for applications: Training program for young South Asian scholars


The IDRC-funded South Asia Research Network (SARNET) is organizing a two-week training program — Labour Economics: Theories, Methodologies and Research Issues — from October 27 to November 7, 2015. Combining lectures by experts and practical...


Cambodia forum focuses on building local research capacity


The Cambodia Development Research Forum (DRF) is holding its symposium, "Building Research Capacity for Cambodia" in Phnom Penh, September 15-16, 2015. The annual meeting will bring together some 250 emerging and established Cambodian...

Highlight: Forging the new Indonesia-Canada partnership


Canada and Indonesia share a mutual interest in building a stronger relationship and closer business ties, a recent high-level meeting in Jakarta heard. Areas identified for collaboration include trade, regional security, education, transport...

Lasting impacts: Asia 

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

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