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Middle East and North Africa

IDRC’s Middle East and North Africa office in Cairo, Egypt, manages our activities in the region.

Every day, the region struggles with instability and conflict. Local economies are under strain, and for the most part, they rely too heavily on the oil industry. Many countries are depleting their natural resources at rates well above sustainable levels. Desertification, water scarcity, and food security are major concerns — and serious water problems remain unresolved.

Like the rest of the developing world, the Middle East and North Africa region is in search of answers. Our programming is designed to empower countries in the region through knowledge. Our support strengthens their ability to confront development challenges and find solutions — from Algeria to Yemen.

Latest Project

Moving Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Evidence into Policy in West Africa

This project brings together and supports the uptake of maternal and child health research evidence into policies and practices in West Africa. A part of the Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa program, the project's impact will be …

Latest Result

Sexual harassment in Cairo: The effectiveness of crowdsourced data

The challenge of collecting data on sensitive issues like gender-based violence is well-documented across the globe. Stigma and shame prevent many victims of sexual harassment from talking about or reporting these crimes. However, new technologies...


News

Joint Canada-Israel Health Research Program

22/01/2015

Canada’s International Development Research Centre, in collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Israel Science Foundation (ISF) are pleased to announce the launch of the Canada-Israel Health Research Program. For...

Research informs Egypt's telecommunications strategy

15/09/2014

​Work championed by IDRC grantee Nagla Rizk contributed to Egypt’s strategy for open source software. In consultation with the private sector, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) is encouraging the use of open source...

Events

Highlight: Think Tank Initiative's 2015 Global Exchange in Istanbul

18/02/2015

​​The Think Tank Initiative's (TTI) 2015 Global Exchange bought together over 200 participants from across the globe. Representatives from 43 TTI-supported think tanks and a variety of donor organizations and research groups, policymakers, and...

Highlight: Using evaluation to support post-Arab Spring transitions in the Middle East and North Africa

28/04/2014

The EVALMENA Network organized its second consultation in late April in Amman, Jordan, to discuss how evaluation can act as a force for positive change in the post-Arab Spring transitions now taking place in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)...



Lasting impacts:
Middle East and North Africa



Here are a few examples that show how IDRC-supported research in Middle East and North Africa has improved lives.
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