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.”
We champion and fund research and innovation within and alongside developing regions to drive global change. We invest in high-quality research in developing countries, share knowledge with researchers and policymakers for greater uptake and use and mobilize our global alliances to build a more sustainable and inclusive world.
Our head office is in Ottawa, Canada, while five regional offices keep us close to the researchers and projects we fund. IDRC’s regional offices are located in Montevideo, Uruguay; Nairobi, Kenya; Dakar, Senegal; Amman, Jordan; and New Delhi, India.
“In 2020, we launched IDRC’s Strategy 2030 — a plan on how we will address major global challenges in this decade. As part of this new strategy, we will deepen and expand collaborations with our funding partners and develop new partnerships. GloPID-R’s mission is aligned with our strategy; we will continue to work within this innovative alliance contributing tools and impact from our areas of work, including our global health programming in pandemic preparedness and response.”
Dr John Dusabe-Richards, Director, Global Health, IDRC
Pandemic preparedness and response is a strategic priority of our Global Health programming. As part of IDRC’s Strategy 2030, we will be launching several research initiatives and projects over the next ten years that will help ensure that vulnerable populations in countries at greatest risk are better protected from local epidemics and pandemic threats through better-prepared health systems.
One of the key initiatives that we have launched so far is the Collaborative One Health Research Initiative on Epidemics (COHRIE). The goal of this CA$16 million initiative is to support implementation research that applies a One Health approach to identify, implement and assess potential innovations in policies, programs or practices that can support countries in better preventing, preparing for and responding to emerging infectious epidemics.
To address the gendered impacts of COVID-19, IDRC, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) have launched Women RISE (Women’s health and economic empowerment for a COVID-19 Recovery that is Inclusive, Sustainable and Equitable), a CA$22 million research initiative. Women RISE will support global action-oriented, gender-transformative research on how women’s health and their work, whether paid or unpaid, intersect and interact in the preparation for, response to and recovery from COVID-19. Under the initiative, researchers from low- and middle- income countries and Canada will collaborate to inform solutions and strategies to improve women’s health and socioeconomic well-being throughout the recovery from COVID-19.
IDRC | Our work in figures
The GloPID-R Secretariat is a project which receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 874667.