Mariam Nakawa, photographed near her mine shaft at a gold mining site in central Uganda.
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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.

This project seeks to contribute to agricultural resilience to climate change in Costa Rica and Brazil by developing more sustainable soil and water management strategies.

Brazil, Costa Rica


Early childhood development research has traditionally focused on single-intervention initiatives and non-refugee populations.



The Think Tank Initiative’s (TTI) Phase 2 capacity development strategy focuses on strengthening policy research institutions to ensure long-term organizational sustainability.

Bolivia, Central America, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Paraguay, Peru


People living in informal urban settings in Latin America and the Caribbean are highly vulnerable to water-related risks associated with climate change.

Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Haiti


Successful achievement of the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) and 169 targets will require the participation of citizens that use and rely on local public services.

Guatemala, India, Mexico, Peru


Conditional cash transfers are a promising new anti-poverty device that give stipends to the poorest if they meet certain conditions, such as their children attending school.



Open data is data that is available online that can be freely used, re-used, and redistributed by anyone.



Latin America is the most unequal region in the world and faces complex development challenges.

Latin America


This project, which is being implemented with the African Centre for Economic Transformation, is a comparative study of selected African countries’ experiences with the financial inclusion of women and youth.

Ghana, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Zambia


This project will enhance the capacity of employment services centres (ESC) in Palestinian camps in Lebanon to provide employment counseling and job matching services for male and female Palestinian refugees.