IDRC - International Development Research Center

Investing in solutions

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.

IDRC was established by an act of Canada’s parliament in 1970 to help developing countries find solutions to their challenges. The International Development Research Centre Act describes the Centre’s 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.”

Our head office is in Ottawa, Canada. Four regional offices help ensure the relevance of our work. They are located in Cairo, Egypt; Montevideo, Uruguay; Nairobi, Kenya; and New Delhi, India.

A Passionate Pursuit

Research for development can make a difference with the right kind of support. It needs to be encouraged and championed by people who truly believe that innovation and knowledge can solve some of the most critical challenges of the developing world. It needs passionate people to help researchers be heard by decision-makers.

Research needs the support of people like you.

From program officers working directly with local researchers to administration professionals ensuring we can act as efficiently as possible, IDRC is dedicated to improving the lives of people in developing countries. With a team of inspired minds, we work together to support the research that will lead to practical solutions to the problems facing the developing world today.

Join the team and discover how you can contribute to that research and what IDRC can do for you.

An Inspiring Team

We speak at least 27 different languages. We have more than 380 dedicated individuals working out of 5 offices across the world. They’re all supporting the kind of ideas that lead to real changes in the lives of people.

From our head office in Ottawa, Canada to our offices in Egypt, India, Kenya, and Uruguay, we support research and collaborate with researchers throughout the world. We not only speak the universal language of ideas, but we celebrate a cultural diversity that enables us to better connect with each other, research communities, and policymakers who use the research we fund.

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