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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.


IDRC grantee honoured for work improving farming practices in Nigeria


Nigeria's Osun State University has won the Southwest Nigeria Outstanding University of the Year Award for 2014. The university was recognized for its research project aimed at improving nutrition, incomes, and food security for Nigeria’s rural...

Expanding mathematics training in Africa


​Cameroon took a huge leap forward in mathematical and scientific research last week when it launched an intensive postgraduate program for the continent’s top students. The program is part of the growing African Institute for Mathematical Sciences...


Putting youth to work in sub-Saharan Africa – experts chart policy options


More than 100 experts, including policymakers, researchers, government officials, representatives from international and non-governmental organizations from around the world, gathered in Dakar, Senegal, to discuss policy options to tackle youth...

Fighting poverty with technology: Books explore impacts on lives and livelihoods


IDRC launched two books documenting its contribution to the field of ICT4D at the sixth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development in Cape Town, South Africa, December 7–10, 2013. ICTD is the world’s...

Lasting impacts: Sub-Saharan Africa

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

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IDRC funds researchers in the developing world so they can build healthier, more prosperous societies
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