A woman wades through a flooded street in Haiti carrying supplies

Climate Change

We support innovations that will help vulnerable people and communities adapt to climate change.

The goal of the Climate Change program is to support partnerships and networks that build evidence for solutions and the use of technology to generate social and economic gains and guard against future climate impacts.

The program has three priorities:

  • Generate new knowledge and inform policy in hotspots vulnerable to climate change
  • Increase the resilience of small and medium-sized cities to climate change paying particular attention to  reducing the vulnerability of women; and
  • Facilitate the financing of climate adaptation strategies, especially from private sources.

A catalogue of climate change adaptation options

The online catalogue systematizes practical climate change adaptation solutions arising from an expansive body of work generated by the IDRC Climate Change Adaptation in Africa and Climate Change and Water programs.

Since 2006, IDRC has funded more than 100 climate and water related projects, contributing more than CA$100 million in finance to 70 institutions in over 50 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean.


The Climate Change program funds research exclusively through competitive calls. Announcements and details on eligibility and thematic focus for funding opportunities will be posted on IDRC’s funding page.


The UK Department for International Development

Explore research projects that we support.


  • Minimizing disaster risk through climate action: Examples from the field

    IDRC / Atul Loke   Countless deaths and millions of dollars in property damage caused by climate-related disasters hinder the Global South’s development progress every year. Growing evidence shows that climate-related disasters are...

    Mélanie Robertson, Lisa Hiwasaki
  • Climate change, communications, and collaboration

      Intense seasonal rains caused severe flooding that affected millions of people last August in the Bihar district on the India-Nepal border. Chatti Devi’s home was one of the few that withstood the floodwaters and their silent aftermath...

    Sarah Czunyi
  • Effective climate action: why biodiversity matters

    IDRC / BRIAN SOKOL Biodiversity and ecosystems provide crucial goods and services for society, such as food and medicine, and they are central to many economic activities, particularly those related to crops and livestock, agriculture,...

    Lowine Hill

Publications and resources

Through books, articles, research publications, and studies, we aim to widen the impact of our investment and advance development research.