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Who We Are
A key part of Canada’s aid program

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is a Canadian Crown corporation established by an
act of Parliament in 1970 to help developing countries find solutions to their problems.

We encourage and support researchers and innovators in those countries to find practical, long-term solutions to the social, economic, and environmental problems their societies face. Our goal is to find ways to reduce poverty, improve health, support innovation, and safeguard the environment.

We often work with other Canadian government departments and agencies on programs of mutual interest that are aligned with Canadian values and government priorities. Many of these initiatives create opportunities for researchers from Canada and the developing world to collaborate on research of common interest.

Most of IDRC’s funding comes from annual appropriations from Canada’s Parliament. IDRC also receives funds from other sources, such as foundations and other Canadian and international organizations that support international development or fund research.

IDRC is guided by an international Board of Governors. We report to Canada’s Parliament through the Minister of International Development. 

Our head office is in Ottawa, Canada. Four regional offices help ensure the relevance of our work.

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Who We Are
Knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve the lives of people in the developing world
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