Bano Bibi lives in a small mud dwelling in the outskirts of Islamabad with her granddaughters.
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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.

Climate change is expected to hit developing countries hardest.

North Of Sahara, South Of Sahara


During the early 1990s, IDRC supported the development and testing of a reliable and cost-efficient tool for monitoring poverty and facilitating local level budgeting: the community-based (poverty) monitoring system (CBMS).

Far East Asia, Philippines, Central Asia, South Asia


This project aims to facilitate poor people's access to insurance products and services as a means of addressing their vulnerability to risk.

China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Mali, South Africa


In the context of decentralization, local governments have been forced to take on responsibility for economic development whether or not they have the capacity to do so.

Honduras, North And Central America, South America


This project aims to draw out the experience of groups who have made the transition from armed resistance movement to political party, and to make that experience available to others contemplating or engaged in the same move.

Germany, South Africa


The Department for International Development (DFID), United Kingdom, is making a grant of up to £1 100 000 to IDRC to cover three years of Research for International Tobacco Control (RITC) programming between April 2005 and March 2008.

United Kingdom


Countries of the Americas are proceeding with economic negotiations that could either support or inhibit sustainable development.

North And Central America, South America


The first phase of the project was funded after qualifying in a competition for projects featuring an ecosystem approach to human health in West Africa (100772).

Cameroon, North Of Sahara, South Of Sahara


On 26 December 2004, a tsunami decimated much of the coastal regions of Aceh province in Indonesia and the eastern and southern coasts of Sri Lanka.

Far East Asia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Central Asia, South Asia


The Public Report on Basic Education (1996), a study that is widely known as the PROBE report, has made a significant contribution to public policy on primary education in India.

India, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia