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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

Mobilization for change: the role of the networked public sphere in advancing civic participation and collective action in the Arab region

Networked technologies such as the Internet, social media, and mobile phones are increasingly important for sharing news and information, as well as for organizing collective action. News media reported on the crucial role that social media played …

Latest Result

Nigerian women reap benefits from indigenous vegetables

Demand for fresh indigenous vegetables in Nigeria has increased considerably thanks to a research team comprising Nigerian and Canadian researchers. Radio programs in the local language have raised awareness of the nutrition and income benefits of...


IDRC Governor named Egyptian Finance Minister


Ahmed Galal, a member of the IDRC Board of Governors since September 2005, has been named Egypt’s new Finance Minister. He accepted the post in the cabinet of Interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi on July 14.“For the past eight years, Ahmed’s...

Call for Proposals: Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Middle East and North Africa


Emerging political developments in the Middle East and North Africa may result in either the advancement of women’s rights and roles in a more democratic society or to back-sliding and regression as new social players and ideologies come to the...


Oil Money and Arab Philanthropy: Social Investing in a Global Context


Ottawa, Canada, August 31, 2009 – Barbara Ibrahim, a renowned expert on the Arab World’s philanthropic sector, will be in Ottawa on September 3 to deliver a lecture at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). In her presentation “Arab...

Under Fire : Reporting on Elections in Iraq


Ottawa, Canada, April 15, 2009 – Iraqi journalists continue to face great risk trying to report their stories. According to Journalistic Freedoms Observatory, 188 journalists and media workers have been killed, and 78 kidnapped since March 2003...

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.

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