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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

Youth, Politics and the Media: Legitimacy Issues in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia

Since Tunisia's revolution in 2011, youth have represented a fundamental challenge for the country's political stability.

For public authorities in the transition period, young Tunisians personify the interweaving of three strong …

Latest Result

Helping communities control leishmaniasis in rural Tunisia

As climate change and irrigation pressures mount in rural Tunisia, a multi-faceted research effort is giving rural communities the knowledge and tools to stem a growing tide of infection. Zoonotic cutaneous leishmaniasis (ZCL) is on the move. This...


Egypt joins global consortium on climate adaptation


The National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences in Egypt has joined the consortium on Deltas, Vulnerability, and Climate Change: Migration as an Adaptation (DECCMA). Egypt will collaborate with the University of Southampton (UK), the...

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...


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...

IEA World Congress in Jordan


​IDRC is participating in the 17th International Economic Association (IEA) World Congress in Dead Sea, Jordan, June 6-10, 2014. The annual congress promotes the interaction of prominent economists to help them gain an international perspective on...

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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