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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.

The idea for a National Research and Training Program (PRIDE, in Spanish) emerged from the IDRC-supported project, "100133 Building Learning Systems for Honduran Development.

Americas, Honduras, North And Central America


The project, Free and Open Source Software in North African Universities (POLLES), aims to establish a network of experts in open source software to develop information tools for use in North African universities.

Africa, North Africa


Malaria is the principal cause of morbidity and mortality in Mozambique and is considered a major impediment to development.

Africa, Mozambique, South Of Sahara


Since its creation in 1995, Bellanet has built a sound reputation helping international development organizations use information technology to communicate and collaborate.

Americas, Latin America, Africa, Caribbean, Asia


Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) have been used in a number of health applications supported by IDRC: the anti-retroviral therapy in Free State province, South Africa (102411); Uganda Health Information Network (UHIN), phases I (102136) and II (102806); and the Tanzanian Essential Health Intervention Programme (TEHIP) supported under project 102240.



The Community of Practice in Ecohealth (COPEH) supported by IDRC's Ecosystem Approaches to Human Health (Ecohealth) program initiative would like to establish one or two regional projects in West and Central Africa involving simple but innovative solutions to household waste management.

Africa, West Africa