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Message from IDRC to its grantees regarding COVID-19

March 13, 2020
IDRC is closely monitoring the evolution and impact of the novel COVID-19.
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The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is closely monitoring the evolution and impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We are taking action to support not only our employees, but also our grant recipients who undertake the important work that IDRC supports around the world.

As an IDRC recipient, if the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting your work or your ability to execute on grant agreements, we wish to assure you that we are supporting your efforts. We acknowledge that project activities may be delayed, the responsiveness of the project personnel may be impacted by measures taken at your workplace, the preparation of technical and financial reports may be delayed, and that the organization of meetings, events, and travel plans may be affected.

Specifically, if you must cancel or postpone events organized through IDRC-funded projects, we will consider the costs associated with the changes as allowable project expenses, provided they align with IDRC policies. For future events, we suggest that recipients purchase cancellation insurance or travel, accommodation and venue bookings that are at least partially refundable. Additional costs for planning in this way will also be considered acceptable, provided it allows for reimbursement or credit in case of cancellation.

In addition, travel for participation in events directly sponsored by IDRC has been suspended.

IDRC is committed to supporting its recipients and to the successful completion of the projects it supports. We invite you to reach out to your IDRC project officer to discuss the impact on your project and the specific areas where difficulties and higher costs may be of concern. This will provide the opportunity to develop a plan and solution to work through the current situation together.

Dominique Charron
Vice-president, Programs and Partnerships

Geneviève Leguerrier
Vice-president, Resources and Chief Financial Officer