IDRC


IRDC logoInternational Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Supporting local research, finding lasting solutions

To achieve self-reliance, poor communities need answers to questions like: How can we grow more and healthier food? Protect our health? Create jobs? A key part of Canada’s aid program since 1970, IDRC supports research in developing countries to answer these questions.

IDRC also encourages sharing this knowledge with policymakers, other researchers, and communities around the world. The result is innovative, lasting local solutions that aim to bring choice and change to those who need it most.

IDRC funds researchers in the developing world so they can build healthier, more prosperous societies

IDRC believes that research and innovation hold the keys to progress in developing countries.

Chicken farm near KampalaTo make knowledge a tool for addressing pressing challenges,

  • we provide researchers in developing countries with the financial resources, advice, and training that will help them find solutions to the local problems they identify
  • we encourage sharing knowledge with policymakers, other researchers, and communities around the world
  • we foster new talent by offering fellowships and awards
  • we disseminate research findings and strive to get new knowledge into the hands  of those who can use it.