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Sub-Saharan Africa
IDRC's Regional Office for Sub-Saharan Africa is located in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. Our team works with researchers and research institutions to support their efforts in identifying local solutions to local development challenges.
From information and communication technologies to peacebuilding, urban agriculture, health, trade, and biodiversity, the people and organizations we fund make a difference in the lives of millions.
IDRC's research program in Sub-Saharan Africa centres on three strands:
  • agriculture and environment
  • social and economic policy
  • information and communication technologies for development
In focusing on these areas, our team pays close attention to governance, translating research results into policy decisions, and gender issues in development.


Canadian researchers to share results at global AIDS conference


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An IDRC-supported project in South Africa has been shortlisted for the African nation's most eminent science and innovation prize.   The South African node of the international Pathways to Resilience project is a finalist for the 2013-2014...


Highlight: CARIAA introduces new research consortia to stakeholders in Kenya


On March 7, 2014, the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) introduced four recently selected research consortia to regional stakeholders in Nairobi, Kenya. Each consortium brings together five institutions with a...

IDRC and UPEACE to host symposium on governance and security in Africa


​More than 100 participants from regional institutions including the African Union, the Regional Economic Communities, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, and academics, researchers, and representatives from NGOs will gather in Addis...

Lasting impacts: Sub-Saharan Africa

Here are a few examples that show how IDRC-supported research in Sub-Saharan Africa has improved lives.

Regional office for Sub-Saharan Africa May 2014 newsletter

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