International Development Research Centre

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International Development Research Centre (IDRC) "is a public corporation created by the Parliament of Canada in 1970 to help developing countries use science and technology to find practical, long-term solutions to the social, economic, and environmental problems they face. Support is directed toward developing an indigenous research capacity to sustain policies and technologies that developing countries need to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous societies." [1]

"The rationale behind the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) was both deceptively simple and highly innovative: a country's development depends on the capability of its citizens to address their own social, economic, and environmental problems. The parliamentarians who passed the IDRC Act in 1970 envisioned a Canadian organization that would help countries in the South develop that capacity. In the words of the Act, the public corporation was "To initiate, encourage, support, and conduct research into the problems of the developing regions of the world." For the past 30 years, IDRC has supported researchers from both the South and the North in their search for the means to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous societies." [2]

Former Staff


"IDRC also works in partnership with other donors to increase the resources going to researchers in the South...

"IDRC's Parliamentary appropriations were $122.3 million in 2004/05." [3]

Board of Governors 2006


Board Membership 1999

  • Gordon S. Smith, Chairman, Board of Governors, Victoria, Canada, Director of the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria and former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Maureen O'Neil
  • Mervat Badawi, Safat, Kuwait - Director, Technical Department for the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development
  • Marie Battiste, Saskatoon, Canada - Associate Professor, Indian and Northern Education Program, University of Saskatchewan, and Executive Director of the Apamuek Institute in Eskasoni, Nova Scotia
  • Herb Breau, Ottawa, Canada - Businessman and former Member of Parliament
  • Margaret Catley-Carlson, New York, United States - Consultant and former President of the Population Council in New York
  • Beryl Gaffney, Nepean, Canada - Former Member of Parliament and former Councillor of the City of Nepean and of the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton
  • Jacques Gerin, Montréal, Canada - Consultant, Hatch & Associés, inc., Chairman of the International Institute for Sustainable Development, and Chairman of the Panel on Ecological Integrity of Canada's National Parks
  • Octavio Gomez-Dantes
  • Len Good, Nepean, Canada - President of the Canadian International Development Agency, former Deputy Minister of the Department of Environment Canada, and formerly Canada's Executive Director at the World Bank
  • Huguette Labelle, Gloucester, Canada - Former President, Canadian International Development Agency
  • Dan Martin, Chicago, United States - Director, World and Environment Resources Program, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri, Pretoria, South Africa - South Africa's Minister for Post, Telecommunications and Broadcasting and former Premier, Free State Province of South Africa
  • Sir Alister McIntyre, Kingston, Jamaica - Chief Technical Advisor, CARICOM, Regional Negotiating Machinery and former Vice Chancellor, University of West Indies
  • Tom McKay, Kitchener, Canada - Certified management accountant, consultant, and former Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Kitchener
  • Jean-Guy Paquet, Ste-Foy, Canada - President and Chief Executive Officer, National Optics Institute and former Chief Executive Officer of Laurentian Life Inc.
  • Vulimiri Ramalingaswami, New Delhi, India - Professor of National Research, Department of Pathology, All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, and physician and medical researcher
  • Francisco Sagasti
  • Marie-Angelique Savane, Dakar, Senegal - Consultant, sociologist, and former Director, Africa Division, United Nations Population Fund
  • Rodger Schwass
  • Paulynn Sicam, Makati City, Philippines - Editor, Cyberdyaryo, Pan Philippines News and Information Network and Director, Peace and Human Rights Desk, Benigno Aquino Foundation
  • Olav Slaymaker, Vancouver, Canada - Director of the Liu Centre for the Study of Global Issues and Professor of Geography, University of British Columbia


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