International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Funds research in developing countries to promote growth, reduce poverty, and drive large-scale positive change

IDRC support leading thinkers who advance knowledge and solve practical development problems. They provide the resources, advice, and training needed to implement and share solutions with those who need them most.

IDRC works with its development partners, multiplies the impact of our investment and brings innovations to more people in more countries around the world. IDRC offers fellowships and awards to nurture a new generation of development leaders.

The head office is located in Ottawa, Canada, while five regional offices keep us close to their work. They are located in Montevideo, Uruguay; Nairobi, Kenya; Dakar, Senegal; Amman, Jordan; and New Delhi, India.

IDRC is governed by a board of up to 14 governors, whose chairperson reports to Parliament through the Minister of International Development.

IDRC was established by an act of Canada’s parliament in 1970 with a mandate “to initiate, encourage, support, and conduct research into the problems of the developing regions of the world and into the means for applying and adapting scientific, technical, and other knowledge to the economic and social advancement of those regions.”

Latest news and articles

GRP at the 15th International Conference on Community-based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA15)

Join us online from 14-18 June 2021 to participate in the conference.

Develop Your Ideas with a Catalytic Grant Award

This year at CBA15, all attendees have the opportunity to apply for Catalytic Grant Awards.

Overview of Adaptation and Resilience Landscape, 2020-2021

This overview provides a snapshot of the adaptation and resilience landscape as it relates to key regional-to-global processes.

Promoting Coastal Resilience through Novel Finance Solutions at the Latin America and the Caribbean Climate Week

During the Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Climate Week (11-14 May) the Global Resilience Partnership together with the Race to Resilience Campaign, Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance (ORRAA) and WayCarbon, hosted a side event on promoting coastal resilience through novel finance solutions.

Southern African Food Systems

Ahead of the UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) this September, several independent regional dialogues have been taking place to better understand the context around regional food systems.