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.

During the December 2004 tsunami in South Asia, it was reported that mangrove wetlands and other thick coastal vegetation served to reduce loss of life and property by providing a natural shield or barrier.

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


Recent events in the Caribbean have highlighted the inadequacy of regional and national disaster preparedness.

North And Central America, South America, West Indies


The overarching goal of Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM) Phase II is to strengthen gender evaluation practice among key actors in the field of ICT for development.


Problems of wastewater and solid waste management are chronic throughout Honduras.

Honduras, North And Central America, South America


The community of Craigieburn in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, is located on a 1 200-ha wetland that plays an important role in the regulation and maintenance of the Sand River.

South Africa, South Of Sahara


Transgenic crops offer many potential benefits that are expected to reduce hunger in resource-limited farming communities in the South.


This research is grounded in the phenomenon of the simultaneous existence of a legal arsenal of national and international dispositions favorable to the integration of women in economic, political and social decision-making, and weak participation of women at the local, national and regional levels.

North Of Sahara, South Of Sahara, Guinea, Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso


As currently foreseen, neither the two-state nor the one-state solution offers much hope of resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israel, Middle East, Palestine, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


The Instituto de la Salud, Medio Ambiente, Economia y Sociedad (ISALUD), with support from IDRC, organized two regional workshops in 2004 and 2005 to discuss the relevance and status of social participation in health in the countries belonging to the Southern Cone Common Market (Mercosur).

Argentina, South America, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, North And Central America


This is the first of nine research projects to be funded under IDRC's Urban Poverty and Environment (UPE) Focus Cities research program.

Argentina, South America, North And Central America