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
Region(s): Bolivia, Central America, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Paraguay, Peru
The Think Tank Initiative’s (TTI) Phase 2 capacity development strategy focuses on strengthening policy research institutions to ensure long-term organizational sustainability.
Region(s): Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Haiti
People living in informal urban settings in Latin America and the Caribbean are highly vulnerable to water-related risks associated with climate change.
Region(s): Guatemala, India, Mexico, Peru
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.
Region(s): Mexico
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.
Region(s): Africa
Open data is data that is available online that can be freely used, re-used, and redistributed by anyone.
Region(s): Latin America
Latin America is the most unequal region in the world and faces complex development challenges.
Region(s): Lebanon
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.
While including a wider range of clients in the provision of financial services in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa has seen significant progress, marginalized women and youth are still left out — even where mobile money penetration (the use of mobile phones to move money) is relatively high.
Region(s): Zimbabwe
This project focuses on socio-economic activities being implemented by youth in Zimbabwe in response to the social and economic challenges in their environment, political exclusion, and violence.
Region(s): Kenya, Uganda
This project’s objective is to examine opportunities for youth involvement and active engagement in preventing violent extremism in two member states of the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD):