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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

Using Evidence to Reduce Health Inequalities in East and Southern Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa continues to deal with high morbidity and mortality rates related to health inequalities and diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS. Many of the inequalities reflect deeper social and economic problems. They are also …

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...


IDRC grantee appointed to advisory board of UNU institute


Salam Kawakibi, Deputy Director and Director of Research at the Arab Reform Initiative (ARI), was appointed to the advisory board of the United Nations University’s Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility. The Institute focuses on cultural...

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...


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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