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.


Mekong Initiative research awardees announced


The Greater Mekong Subregion Research Network (GMS-Net), together with IDRC, launched a call for proposals to gather high-quality development research on better job prospects for youth, women, and low-skilled workers in the Mekong countries. The...

IDRC and Prime Minister K.P. Oli of Nepal speak on the importance of evaluation for development


The Community of Evaluators, South Asia (CoE-SA) – a professional network IDRC helped to establish – played host to the capstone event of the United Nations declared “International Year of Evaluation.” The CoE-SA and IDRC cherish a longstanding...


The impact of women’s action groups on social and economic change in India


​The Mahila Samakhya (MS) program in India launched in 1989 with the premise that women should be leaders in their own empowerment. The program has mobilised around 1.2 million poor to organize, through collective action groups, and participate in...

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...

Lasting impacts: Asia 

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

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