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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

Replicating the MamaToto Program in Rural Tanzania (IMCHA)

This project will address high maternal and newborn mortality in Tanzania by adapting and implementing a maternal and newborn health intervention approach that follows the MamaToto process.

Health care in rural Tanzania

The rural …

Latest Result

Tackling inflation and pension reform in Lebanon

In Lebanon, the elderly constitute a large share of its population; moreover, Lebanese seniors number the highest in the region. More than half live in poverty and face shortages in health services, water, electricity, and housing. Yet Lebanon’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...

Boosting women's economic and social participation in the Middle East


Women’s participation in society, the economy, and politics in the Arab World was the focus of a conference hosted in collaboration with IDRC in Cairo, Egypt, October 24-25, 2015. The event, organized by longtime IDRC grantee, the Economic...


Highlight: Examining research funding in Arab countries


​IDRC brought together senior managers from research funds and granting councils in 12 countries to share their experience on rallying domestic research efforts and organizing competitive calls for proposals.  Expected results Research funders seek...

Higher wages and competitiveness: Policy workshop with G20 ministers


The overall poor performance of wages poses a serious threat to the health of societies and economies. The same is true of the global decline of labour’s share of income – that is, income represented by wages, salaries, and benefits. Policymakers...

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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