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.

This research project will contribute to evidence from four country case studies in Syria, South Sudan, Mali, and Colombia or the Democratic Republic of Congo as part of a global project to inform developing operational guidance on interventions related to reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH) in conflict settings.


In Morocco, rural poverty remains a challenge and it is expected to intensify.



During the 2000s, economic growth and increased social investment reduced poverty and increased labour market opportunities in Latin America.

West Indies, North And Central America, South America


In 2017, IDRC and Global Affairs Canada launched a new initiative, Knowledge for Democracy Myanmar (K4DM), to sustain democratization in that country.



Climate change-related insurance products have been commonly used to manage the risks from climate hazards over the last few years.

South Of Sahara


Uganda has a history of societal pressures that have sometimes resulted in violence such as insurgencies, armed conflict, and criminal activities, among other manifestations.



The Arab states record some of the highest levels of armed conflict and military spending in the world.

Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Tunisia


Large volumes of complex and variable data, often called big data, promise to improve government service delivery, complement official statistics, and facilitate development in sectors such as health, urban development, transportation, and humanitarian response.

North Of Sahara, South Of Sahara, Central Asia, South Asia, Far East Asia, Colombia, India, Kenya, West Indies, North And Central America, South America, Mexico, Rwanda, Sri Lanka


Women constitute 75% of Kenya’s agricultural labour force; however, gender inequalities often undermine their productivity and nutritional well-being.



Mining-affected communities globally, and specifically in West Africa, experience both the potential of important socio-economic development opportunities and the negative socio-economic and environmental impacts of mining activities.

North Of Sahara, South Of Sahara