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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
  • science and innovation
In focusing on these areas, our team pays close attention to governance, translating research results into policy decisions, and gender issues in development.


Climate change project wins prestigious UN award


An IDRC-funded project in Uganda has won a UN Momentum for Change award, one of 16 "game-changing climate action initiatives from around the world" to be honoured at the Paris climate conference in December 2015. The Climate Change...

Expanding opportunities for the women who feed Africa


​Eighty percent of Africa’s food comes from small-scale farmers, the vast majority of them women. But with limited or no ownership or control of their land, capital, or labour, women farmers are being left behind – limiting their livelihoods and...


Women promote careers in research in Cameroon


​More than 50 entry-level Cameroonian female researchers from academic institutions, research organizations, and government agencies convened in Yaoundé, the Cameroonian capital, at a workshop aimed at increasing the number of young women choosing...

Inaugural forum for science granting councils initiative held in Nairobi


​Representatives from 12 African science granting councils, international science actors, and the private sector convened in Nairobi, Kenya, for the inaugural forum of the Science Granting Councils Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa. Participants...

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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