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The village edge
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What we do

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.

Our research

The research we support builds evidence to break the cycle of poverty, reduce inequalities and vulnerabilities, and help people live healthier and more sustainable lives.

Explore almost 2,000 projects from the past decade to see how we’re shaping a world that supports equity, diversity, and prosperity.

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Our focus

The research we support is grouped into three program areas.

Where we work

IDRC’s head office is in Ottawa and the Centre maintains five regional offices in India, Jordan, Kenya, Senegal, and Uruguay.

Find out how we’re making a difference around the world.


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Our priorities

Key themes link the Centre’s multidisciplinary research and guide us toward our goals.