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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

Using Evidence to Reduce Health Inequalities in East and Southern Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa continues to deal with high morbidity and mortality rates related to health inequalities and diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS. Many of the inequalities reflect deeper social and economic problems. They are also …

Latest Result

Reducing poverty in Atlas Mountains

​Wood is a scarce resource across North Africa, yet it is commonly used in rural areas as fuel for baking bread in traditional ovens. Rural households can burn through more than one tonne of firewood a year, threatening to deplete forests. Working...


IDRC grantee appointed to advisory board of UNU institute


Salam Kawakibi, Deputy Director and Director of Research at the Arab Reform Initiative (ARI), was appointed to the advisory board of the United Nations University’s Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility. The Institute focuses on cultural...

Joint Canada-Israel Health Research Program


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...


Highlight: Think Tank Initiative's 2015 Exchange in Istanbul


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

Highlight: Leadership in evaluation in the Middle East and North Africa


​The MENA Evaluation Network (EvalMENA) held its general assembly in Cairo on February 23-26, 2015, marking the beginning of the International Year of Evaluation. Started in 2011 with funding from IDRC, EvalMENA fosters the professional practice of...

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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.
Knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve the lives of people in the developing world
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