What we do

IDRC funds research in developing countries to create lasting change on a large scale.

To make knowledge a tool for addressing pressing challenges we:

  • provide developing-country researchers financial resources, advice, and training to help them find solutions to local problems.
  • encourage knowledge sharing with policymakers, researchers, and communities around the world.
  • foster new talent by offering fellowships and awards.
  • strive to get new knowledge into the hands of those who can use it.

In doing so, we contribute to Canada’s foreign policy, complementing the work of Global Affairs Canada, and other government departments and agencies.

Who we work with

Regions and countries

We work with researchers, development practitioners, and policymakers to build sustainable, local leadership.

Partners and initiatives

We collaborate with governments, research institutions, and global funders to develop solutions to multiply our impact.

Browse our project library

We've funded over 1,000 projects over the past decade and you can find them all here

Smallholder farmers in Africa have shown in field trials how improved legume varieties, nitrogen-fixing bacteria, high-quality seeds, and fertilizers can increase yields, reduce production costs, and enhance nutrition. Efforts are now underway to harness the power and reach of radio and other media to spread word of these technologies to 500,000 farming families in the Northern and Southern Highlands of Tanzania.
Topic(s): FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, DATA ANALYSIS, AFRICA, LEGISLATION
Region(s): Africa, East Africa
Program(s): Think Tank Initiative
This project will help Kenyan counties address important challenges as they take over powers from the central government.
Topic(s): DECISION MAKING, POLICY MAKING, LATIN AMERICA, WATER MANAGEMENT, ECONOMIC GROWTH, Climate change
Region(s): Americas, Latin America
Program(s): Climate Change
This joint initiative between IDRC and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network will help strengthen decision-making and scale-up effective action on climate resilient development to improve the livelihoods of those most affected by climate change in Latin America.
Topic(s): MARRIAGE, GIRLS, Economic and social development, WEST AFRICA, TRAINING, RESEARCH, EMPOWERMENT
Region(s): Africa, Burkina Faso, South of Sahara, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo
Program(s): Governance and Justice
In additional to its illegal nature, early marriage results in a chain of negative consequences for girls who are its victims and represents a major barrier to the economic and social development process.
Topic(s): STRATEGIC PLANNING, POLICY MAKING, FOOD POLICY, SOUTHEAST ASIA, FOOD INDUSTRY, PRIVATE SECTOR, GOVERNMENT, DIET
Region(s): Asia
Nearly one-quarter of the world's non-communicable disease deaths take place in Southeast Asia.
Topic(s): SCHOLARSHIPS, CANADA, DEVELOPING COUNTRIES, AGRICULTURE, Environment, Economics, TECHNOLOGY
Region(s): Global
Program(s): Foundations for Innovation
Barriers to education in many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) limit the development of human capital, leading to significant skills gaps.
Topic(s): AFRICA SOUTH OF SAHARA, FOOD TECHNOLOGY, BUSINESS, MODELS, Economics, Environment, WOMEN
Region(s): Africa, Burkina Faso, South of Sahara, Mozambique
Program(s): Agriculture and Food Security
A large part of sub-Saharan Africa's population is chronically food insecure, while more than 30% of the food produced is wasted due to post-harvest losses.
Topic(s): FERMENTATION SOLUBLES, EVALUATION METHODS, DAIRY INDUSTRY, MEDIUM SCALE INDUSTRY, FARMS
Region(s): Kenya, Tanzania, East Africa, Uganda
Scientists have developed freeze-dried bacteria that will improve food security in rural Africa by increasing the local production, distribution, and consumption of health-promoting probiotic foods.
Topic(s): GOVERNMENT, AFRICA, RESEARCH, Evaluation, PRIVATE SECTOR, PUBLICATIONS
Region(s): Africa, East Africa
Program(s): Think Tank Initiative
In 2010, Kenya reformed its constitution and introduced greater decentralization of powers to lower levels of government.
Topic(s): Climate change, STRATEGIC PLANNING, ADAPTATION, SOUTH AFRICA, RISK MANAGEMENT, GENDER ANALYSIS
Region(s): Africa, South Africa, South of Sahara
Program(s): Climate Change
For South Africa's burgeoning cities, climate change impacts - such as flooding, extreme weather, and heat waves - are expected to impose greater burdens on disadvantaged urban residents and municipal governments.

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