What we do

IDRC funds research in developing countries to create lasting change on a large scale.

To make knowledge a tool for addressing pressing challenges we:

  • provide developing-country researchers financial resources, advice, and training to help them find solutions to local problems.
  • encourage knowledge sharing with policymakers, researchers, and communities around the world.
  • foster new talent by offering fellowships and awards.
  • strive to get new knowledge into the hands of those who can use it.

In doing so, we contribute to Canada’s foreign policy, complementing the work of Global Affairs Canada, and other government departments and agencies.

Who we work with

Regions and countries

We work with researchers, development practitioners, and policymakers to build sustainable, local leadership.

Partners and initiatives

We collaborate with governments, research institutions, and global funders to develop solutions to multiply our impact.

Browse our project library

We've funded over 1,000 projects over the past decade and you can find them all here
Region(s): Chile, Latin America
“Women supporting Women” is an applied research project led by Fundación Democracia y Desarrollo.
Region(s): Myanmar
To sustain democratization in Myanmar, IDRC and Global Affairs Canada are launching a new initiative, Knowledge for Democracy Myanmar (K4DM), to nurture meaningful dialogue and engagement in the transition process and to promote economic growth that benefits all.
Region(s): Africa
This project aims to use nanomaterials (a nanometer is one billionth of a meter) to provide new, inexpensive techniques to purify water that also address the increasingly important issue of antimicrobial resistance.
Region(s): Central Africa, West Africa
The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people, with Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone severely hit by this crisis.
Region(s): Africa
The World Bank has estimated that climate change will have negative impacts for some 100 million people worldwide.
Region(s): Latin America
Financial inclusion is an enabler for women’s economic empowerment.
Region(s): Middle East
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is at the epicentre of many large-scale humanitarian crises that are altering the nature and magnitude of health demands and related service delivery.
Region(s): Mali, Senegal
The West African region is facing a rapid rise in violent extremism in which young people are the main actors.
Region(s): Global
This grant helps to transfer efforts to develop indices on global private giving from the Centre for Global Prosperity of the Hudson Institute to the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.
The West Indian Ocean Deltas Exchange and Research Network (WIoDER) aims to support research, training, and pilot interventions in up to four Western Indian Ocean river deltas under pressure from human activity.