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.


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...

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...


Highlight: The balwadi program offers affordable daycare to empower Rajasthani women


Researchers from the Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University, the Centre for Microfinance at the Institute for Financial Management and Research based in Sri City, and the Indian NGO Seva Mandir, discussed the relevance of...

ARO welcomes the Honourable Dr K. Kellie Leitch, Canada’s Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women


On January 13, 2015, IDRC's Asia Regional Office held a roundtable on Gender Equality and Social Justice in India with Canadian Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, the Honourable Kellie Leitch. Panelists represented think tanks...

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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