The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) funds research in developing countries to promote growth, reduce poverty and drive large-scale positive change.

A Crown corporation, IDRC supports 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. In short, IDRC increases opportunities — and makes a real difference in people’s lives.

Working with development partners, IDRC multiplies the impact of their investments and brings innovations to more people in more countries around the world. They offer fellowships and awards to nurture a new generation of development leaders.

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.”

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