IDRC: The Next Five Years of Innovating for Development

OTTAWA, Dec. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - The Board of Governors of Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) has approved a new strategic framework for 2010-15 called "Innovating for Development."

The framework builds on a foundation of 40 years of success in helping researchers in developing countries find new ways to overcome the causes of poverty and inequality in their communities. IDRC will focus its activities on five key themes: agriculture and the environment; health and health systems; information and communication technologies; science technology and innovation; and, social and economic policy.

Within these broad themes, IDRC will launch new programming to address the global challenges of climate change, food security, and energy.

IDRC will continue its distinct approach to international development by playing a funding, advisory, and brokerage role while responding to local needs for research. It will bring together the best people and ideas in vibrant networks and work with donor foundations and bilateral donors throughout the world. In Canada, IDRC will partner with Canadian research granting councils, and provide support for Canadian researchers with fellowships and awards.

More information on "Innovating for Development" is available at

About IDRC

Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is one of the world's leading institutions in the generation and application of new knowledge to meet the challenges of international development. For nearly 40 years, IDRC has worked in close collaboration with researchers from the developing world to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous societies.

SOURCE International Development Research Centre

For further information: For further information: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé, Senior Media Advisor, IDRC, (613) 696-2343,

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