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
Region(s): Africa
The World Bank has estimated that climate change will have negative impacts for some 100 million people worldwide.
Region(s): Mali, Senegal
The West African region is facing a rapid rise in violent extremism in which young people are the main actors.
Region(s): Global
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.
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.
Region(s): Myanmar
In 2015, a historic election voted in a new civilian parliament in Myanmar.
Region(s): Ivory Coast, Senegal
In Senegal and the Ivory Coast, current statistics show that the average age of marriage for girls has risen to over 18 years.
Region(s): South Africa
In South Africa, a history of apartheid policies, concentrated poverty, social deprivation, and other risk factors related to violence within particular areas have created conditions that exacerbate exclusion, inequality, and poverty, especially among youth.
Region(s): Madagascar
The project aims to promote women and youth entrepreneurship in Madagascar by supporting local research capacities and relevant, useful analysis.
Region(s): Kenya
East Coast fever (ECF), a leukemia-like tick-borne disease of cattle, is caused by the protozoan blood parasite Theileria parva.
Region(s): Africa, Asia
In Africa and Asia, regulations governing communications are not designed to facilitate poverty reduction and economic growth.