IDRC opens regional office in Amman, Jordan

October 11, 2018

For Immediate Release

Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Government of Jordan announced at a signing ceremony today that IDRC will open its regional office for the Middle East and North Africa in Amman, Jordan.

IDRC’s Host Country Agreement was signed by IDRC’s President, Dr. Jean Lebel and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate’s Secretary-General, H.E. Zaid Al-Lozi. 

IDRC’s new regional office location will maintain its ability to access all parts of the region, to convene partners and guests, and to work closely with other international organizations operating in the region.

IDRC funds research across a wide range of areas – including agriculture, the environment, technology, governance, gender, and economic empowerment – towards inclusive and sustainable development. IDRC’s regional offices play a catalytic role in supporting research, building leaders, and fostering partnerships at the local and regional levels.

“Jordan is a great location for IDRC’s Middle East and North Africa regional office. The Centre is committed to supporting research, conducted by researchers developing practical, innovative solutions to the needs of people in Jordan, across the region, and around the world,” said Jean Lebel, President of IDRC.                                                               

Quick Facts

  • IDRC has been operating in the Middle East and North Africa since 1974, formerly from regional offices located in Beirut, Lebanon and Cairo, Egypt.
  • IDRC has supported projects in Jordan since 1976. Some examples include support for reforestation methods, agricultural technologies, water management, health, and employment.
  • IDRC has four regional offices – in Uruguay, Kenya, India, and Jordan – that play a vital role towards ensuring that the research IDRC supports is relevant, practical, sustainable, and conducted in collaboration with local stakeholders.
  • IDRC is reaffirming its commitment to a strong regional presence worldwide through the opening of its office in Amman, Jordan and by signing a new memorandum of understanding with the Government of India to sustain IDRC’s Asia regional office in New Delhi.

About Canada’s International Development Research Centre

Part of Canada’s foreign affairs and development efforts, IDRC invests in knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve lives and livelihoods in the developing world. Bringing together the right partners around opportunities for impact, IDRC builds leaders for today and tomorrow and helps drive large-scale positive change.


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Note to editors:

IDRC President Jean Lebel is available for in-person interviews in Amman, Jordan as well as remote interviews by telephone.