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, we support leading thinkers who advance knowledge and solve practical development problems. We provide the resources, advice, and training they need to implement and share their solutions with those who need them most. In short, IDRC increases opportunities—and makes a real difference in people’s lives.
Working with our development partners, we multiply the impact of our investment and bring innovations to more people in more countries around the world. We offer fellowships and awards to nurture a new generation of development leaders.
Our head office is located in Ottawa, Canada, while four regional offices keep us close to our work. They are located in Cairo, Egypt; Montevideo, Uruguay; Nairobi, Kenya; and New Delhi, India.
IDRC is governed by a board of up to 14 governors, whose chairperson reports to Parliament through the Minister of International Development.
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.”
Safe and Inclusive Cities: Reducing urban violence, poverty, and inequalities
Safe and Inclusive Cities (SAIC) is a global research program that documents the links between urban violence, poverty, and inequalities. Jointly funded by IDRC and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the program supports experts from around the world to find out what works — and what doesn’t — to reduce violence in urban centres.
Fifteen research teams have been awarded multi-year grants of up to CA$500,000 each to undertake research in 40 cities across sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Together they will identify key knowledge gaps; test the effectiveness of urban violence reduction theories, strategies, and interventions; and propose comprehensive solutions to urban violence, inequalities, and poverty based on rigorous data collection and analysis. Read more at idrc.ca/cities.