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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

The Economic Case for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

The Lancet Action Series on Non-Communicable Diseases has been very influential in putting the issue of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on the global agenda and providing a solid evidence base for low- and middle-income countries to act on. The …

Latest Result

Morocco: The value of water

​Morocco is a partially arid country where rain is rare but where agriculture prospers in spite of everything. Climate change has nevertheless had a major impact on Morocco in recent years. Precipitation has decreased by 20%, and heat and cold waves...


Lebanon becomes public health global hub


​The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized the Knowledge to Policy (K2P) Center as a leader in evidence-informed policy and practice, and the American University of Beirut (AUB) as a global hub on tobacco control. Supported by Canada’s...

Open Development: create, share, engage


Open development is the free, networked sharing of digital resources for use in broader processes of social transformation. Digital technologies and networked platforms that leverage open source software and open data are empowering people to...


Cairo hosts first Middle East Data-Driven Innovation Week


​Canada’s International Development Research Centre is organizing a full week of activities (February 18-23) in Cairo, Egypt, focused on data-driven innovation and digital entrepreneurship. The initiative is part of IDRC’s efforts to promote the use...

Harnessing data for social and economic impact in the Arab world


Using data effectively has great potential for Arab countries. While the concept is still relatively new to the region, there is a growing interest among researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to better understand the value of data. IDRC...

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.
Knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve the lives of people in the developing world
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