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

This research project will generate evidence on how women's political participation influences the connection between economic growth and women's economic empowerment. Women, politics, growth Economic growth can have positive effects on women's economic empowerment, but the growth depends on supportive political and economic institutions.
Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Latin America
Latin America is home to the greatest inequities in the world, including inequality in access to quality health services.
Malawi has the highest preterm delivery rate in the world. This, paired with inadequate newborn care at health facilities, results in high rates of infant mortality. Managing the healthcare needs of preterm infants remains a challenge.
Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal
This research takes place within the context of several major overlapping factors in West Africa: a democratization process that, in principle, includes equal access to public services - including justice - for all citizens; the existence of formal legal systems, national and international, conducive to the protection of women from sexual abuse; and the informal legal system
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.
Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo
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.
Food Technology, Business, Economic Development, Environmental Management
Mozambique, Burkina Faso, West Africa
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.
Technology, Economic Development, Environmental Policy, Agriculture
Barriers to education in many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) limit the development of human capital, leading to significant skills gaps. Barriers to the transition of young researchers from academia to productive work settings present a further challenge.
Fermentation Solubles, Evaluation Methods, Dairy Industry, Medium Scale Industry, Farms
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.
South Asia
One major theme of the 21st century is intensifying global environmental change, including climate change, which can often have negative impacts on ecosystems, livelihoods, health, and well-being. A second major theme is urbanization.