Wilson Sauto, 38, a home based counsellor in Kamunhukamwe village, Nyanga.
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What we do

IDRC supports research in developing countries to create real and lasting change. This knowledge can be used as a tool for addressing pressing global challenges. We share it with others by:

  • providing developing-country researchers with financial resources, advice, and training to find solutions to local problems;
  • sharing our knowledge with policymakers, researchers, and communities around the world;
  • fostering new talent by offering fellowships and awards; and
  • putting new knowledge into the hands of those who can use it best to address global challenges.

Part of Canada’s foreign affairs and development efforts, IDRC invests in knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve the lives of people in the developing world.


Explore more than 1,000 research projects we’ve supported over the past decade.

“Women supporting Women” is an applied research project led by Fundación Democracia y Desarrollo.

Chile, North And Central America, South America


To sustain democratization in Myanmar, IDRC and Global Affairs Canada are launching a new initiative, Knowledge for Democracy Myanmar (K4DM), to nurture meaningful dialogue and engagement in the transition process and to promote economic growth that benefits all.

Myanmar, Canada


This project aims to use nanomaterials (a nanometer is one billionth of a meter) to provide new, inexpensive techniques to purify water that also address the increasingly important issue of antimicrobial resistance.

South Of Sahara, Kenya, Canada, South Africa, United States


The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people, with Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone severely hit by this crisis.

South Of Sahara, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Republic Of Congo, Canada


Financial inclusion is an enabler for women’s economic empowerment.

North And Central America, South America, United States


The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is at the epicentre of many large-scale humanitarian crises that are altering the nature and magnitude of health demands and related service delivery.

Middle East, Lebanon


The West African region is facing a rapid rise in violent extremism in which young people are the main actors.

Mali, Senegal


This grant helps to transfer efforts to develop indices on global private giving from the Centre for Global Prosperity of the Hudson Institute to the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

United States


The West Indian Ocean Deltas Exchange and Research Network (WIoDER) aims to support research, training, and pilot interventions in up to four Western Indian Ocean river deltas under pressure from human activity.

Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania, France, United Kingdom, Netherlands


In 2015, a historic election voted in a new civilian parliament in Myanmar.

Myanmar, Canada