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Middle East and North Africa

IDRC’s Middle East and North Africa office in Cairo, Egypt, manages our activities in the region.

Every day, the region struggles with instability and conflict. Local economies are under strain, and for the most part, they rely too heavily on the oil industry. Many countries are depleting their natural resources at rates well above sustainable levels. Desertification, water scarcity, and food security are major concerns — and serious water problems remain unresolved.

Like the rest of the developing world, the Middle East and North Africa region is in search of answers. Our programming is designed to empower countries in the region through knowledge. Our support strengthens their ability to confront development challenges and find solutions — from Algeria to Yemen.

Latest Project

Pre-Conference Workshop Support: Latin American Congress on Social Medicine and Collective Health

This project will develop the skills and knowledge of a new generation of researchers able to collaborate and work across disciplines and sectors. Specifically, it will provide funding for Latin American researchers to attend the Latin American …

Latest Result

Sexual harassment in Cairo: The effectiveness of crowdsourced data

The challenge of collecting data on sensitive issues like gender-based violence is well-documented across the globe. Stigma and shame prevent many victims of sexual harassment from talking about or reporting these crimes. However, new technologies...


Joint Canada-Israel Health Research Program


Canada’s International Development Research Centre, in collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Israel Science Foundation (ISF) are pleased to announce the launch of the Canada-Israel Health Research Program. For...

Research informs Egypt's telecommunications strategy


​Work championed by IDRC grantee Nagla Rizk contributed to Egypt’s strategy for open source software. In consultation with the private sector, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) is encouraging the use of open source...


Highlight: Using evaluation to support post-Arab Spring transitions in the Middle East and North Africa


The EVALMENA Network organized its second consultation in late April in Amman, Jordan, to discuss how evaluation can act as a force for positive change in the post-Arab Spring transitions now taking place in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)...

Webinar on international development: How experience changes our ideas


Webinar on June 6, 2014 (16H00 Amman, 14H00 London, 9H00 New York – 13H00 UTC)   Over the past 50 years, thinking about “international development” has evolved with the practical experience of developing countries. This dynamic continues today as...

Lasting impacts:
Middle East and North Africa

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