About IDRC

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) funds research in developing countries to promote growth, reduce poverty, and drive large-scale positive change.

A Crown corporation, we support leading thinkers who advance knowledge and solve practical development problems. We provide the resources, advice, and training they need to implement and share their solutions with those who need them most. In short, IDRC increases opportunities — and makes a real difference in people’s lives.

Working with our development partners, we multiply the impact of our investment and bring innovations to more people in more countries around the world. We offer fellowships and awards to nurture a new generation of development leaders.

Our head office is located in Ottawa, Canada, while four regional offices keep us close to our work. They are located in Cairo, Egypt; Montevideo, Uruguay; Nairobi, Kenya; and New Delhi, India.

IDRC is governed by a board of up to 14 governors, whose chairperson reports to Parliament through the Minister of International Development.

IDRC was established by an act of Canada’s parliament in 1970 with a mandate “to initiate, encourage, support, and conduct research into the problems of the developing regions of the world and into the means for applying and adapting scientific, technical, and other knowledge to the economic and social advancement of those regions.”


Our Strategic Plan 2015-2020

Our strategic plan refocuses our investment in knowledge and solutions to improve people’s lives in the developing world. We will reach more people via large-scale positive change, invest in leaders for today and tomorrow, and be the donor partner of choice for greater impact.

View Our Strategic Plan 2015-2020

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IDRC is governed by global leaders and innovators with one collective aim: to empower people to find lasting solutions through international development research.

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Discover our areas of focus: agriculture and the environment, inclusive economies, and technology and innovation.