Ideas. Innovation. Impact.
A 40% reduction in child mortality in Tanzania. Legal reforms ending the “water war” in Bolivia. Employment and dignity for impoverished women in Morocco. Modern communications linking the people of Mongolia. A smooth transition from apartheid to democracy in South Africa.
|1980s: Good governance — transitions out of apartheid|
When the International Development Research Centre was created in 1970, such dramatic improvements in people’s lives were a distant hope. These are just a few of the countless benefits of applied research.
|1990s: Linking people — modern information and communication technologies.|
A history of accomplishment
- IDRC support has helped create a critical mass of skilled personnel who are working to solve development problems at local, national, regional, and global levels.
- IDRC support for specific research projects has spurred the development of a wide range of innovative, effective, and much needed technologies in the South.
- Policy research supported by IDRC has influenced the national policies of developing countries in a variety of fields — environment, science and technology, communications, economics, urban development, health, and more.
- IDRC has helped build new fields of knowledge — ecosystem approaches to human health, agroforestry, urban agriculture, peacebuilding, and information and communication technologies for development, to name a few.
2000+: Safeguarding our future — adaptation to climate change.
IDRC has made a difference in the way research is conducted in the developing world by promoting multidisciplinary, participatory, community-based research. This helps ensure the relevance of research.