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) 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.
Region(s) Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Haiti
People living in informal urban settings in Latin America and the Caribbean are highly vulnerable to water-related risks associated with climate change.
Region(s) Africa, Asia, Latin America
Digital marketplace platforms like AirBnB and Uber, sometimes referred to as the sharing economy, have become an essential part of the digital economy in recent years.
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) Bhutan, Ethiopia
Hemorrhagic septicemia is an acute, often fatal bacterial disease, mainly in cattle and buffaloes, which is prevalent in Asian and African countries.
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) India
This study, led by Indian Member of Parliament Dr Udit Raj, will provide a better understanding of the constraints Dalits face in developing enterprises.
Region(s) Morocco
Coal mine waste in Jerada, one of the poorest regions of Morocco, poses a major environmental and health threat.
Region(s) Africa, Asia
Little emphasis has been placed on understanding how and why men and women employ different adaptive strategies to secure their livelihoods in the face of climate change.
Region(s) Africa, Asia, Global
The purpose of this project is to support a Professional Development Award (PDA) recipient hosted by the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) program.