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

Research funded by IDRC’s Climate Change program contributes to strengthening climate resilience and enhancing livelihoods in the most vulnerable communities in the Global South.  We work with researchers and these communities to generate knowledge, build capacity, and develop solutions that contribute to socially equitable climate action.

The program’s priorities for 2015-2020 are:

  • 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 150 climate and water related projects, contributing more than CA$285 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.


Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Explore research projects that we support.


Publications and resources

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