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IDRC at Adaptation Futures 2023

September 19, 2023
IDRC is joining members of the global climate change adaptation community at the Adaptation Futures conference, being held in Montreal from October 2-6.
Adaptation futures 2023

The Adaptation Futures conference series is the premier international gathering devoted entirely to climate change adaptation, bringing together researchers, policymakers, practitioners, industry representatives and other stakeholders to present their work in adaption, learn what others are doing and build networks. It is the flagship event of the UN’s World Adaptation Science Programme (WASP).

This year’s conference is being organized by Ouranos, in partnership with the Government of Canada and WASP. 

IDRC, a proud sponsor of Adaptation Futures 2023 (AF2023), is actively participating in the event, hosting or co-hosting over 10 panel discussions on a wide range of adaptation-related topics – from Indigenous perspectives on food systems to resilience building, knowledge sharing, climate justice and more. This rich range of panels will draw on IDRC’s long experience in supporting cutting-edge Southern-led research initiatives aimed at tackling the climate change challenge.  

As part of Canada’s international efforts on climate change, IDRC’s innovative programming and collaborative partnerships are responding to the urgent need for climate action. IDRC invests in a diverse portfolio of climate-related development research, including in the areas of adaptation, resilience, equality and justice, and the transition to a low-carbon future with a focus on social inclusion. 

More than 70 IDRC grantees and partners from across the Global South are expected to travel to Montreal to take part in AF2023 and share lessons and evidence from their work, as well as their knowledge on the challenges and opportunities of adaptation. 

This is the 7th Adaptation Futures conference held since 2010, and the first to take place in Canada. 

AF2023 sessions hosted or moderated by IDRC 


Other IDRC and partner activities at AF2023  

IDRC and the TDR enhance One Health implementation research capacity in Central and West Africa

September 26, 2023
The growing impacts of climate change on health require carefully considered research approaches that better identify needs and provide context-relevant, inclusive and sustainable solutions.
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Current Master’s of Public Health students at Senegal’s Université Cheikh Anta Diop, supported by the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, assemble for a photo during an implementation research workshop earlier this year.

One such approach is sound implementation research conducted through a One Health lens. Such research ensures the study of the interconnectedness of human, animal and environmental ecosystems so that needs and solutions can be better understood. However, limited implementation research capacity using a One Health approach is a key hurdle to generating evidence and increasing its use in decision-making, especially in French-speaking Central and West Africa. 

To help overcome this hurdle, IDRC is supporting the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), based at the World Health Organization, to strengthen research and health leadership in One Health. IDRC’s funding will directly support four students enrolled in the Master's of Public Health program at the Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal. Each student will focus on a One Health implementation projects as part of their master’s training. IDRC’s support will last for 24 months, starting in January 2024.  

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Mahnaz Vahedi (left), a scientist with TDR, Professor Sylvain Faye, Dean, School of Medicine, Université Cheikh Anta Diop, and Dr. Marie-Gloriose Ingabire, IDRC’s regional director for Central and West Africa (June 2023).

This new program will also build on TDR’s leadership in online implementation research training by providing a module on implementation research and One Health. The module will be available to students in addition to TDR’s training tools on gender and intersectionality. The course will be developed online in French, contextualized to the West African sub-region, with the aim of being widely disseminated as a massive open online course for French-speaking health professionals and academics. 

The centrality of gender and equity considerations in fostering inclusive and equitable solutions to pressing global health concerns is a priority for IDRC-funded research. Expected outcomes of this collaboration include strengthened individual and institutional capacities in Francophone Central and West African countries, especially in the design, conduct and translation of gender-transformative and equity-oriented One Health implementation research. 

IDRC collaborating with the United Kingdom on Artificial Intelligence for Development

September 19, 2023
IDRC and the United Kingdom’s (UK) Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) are working together on the ‘Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Development’ program that will initially focus on partnerships in Africa to develop local skills in using AI, as well as improve access to datasets and computing power to allow the development of responsible AI.
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UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly made the announcement at an event at the United Nations General Assembly that convened governments, tech firms and non-governmental organizations to discuss how AI can accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. 

“IDRC is pleased to announce a new collaboration with FCDO, a key ally in tackling the most pressing development challenges,” IDRC President Julie Delahanty said. “The AI for Development program will build on existing partnerships, leveraging AI’s capacity to reduce inequalities, address poverty, improve food systems, confront the challenges of climate change and make education more inclusive, while also mitigating risk.” 

The new program builds on the AI for Development Africa (AI4D Africa) initiative, which works with Africa’s science and policy communities to support the home-grown development of AI across more than 20 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Launched in 2020, AI4D Africa is a partnership between IDRC and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) that is building on Africa’s already-thriving AI communities to further strengthen the AI ecosystem to support responsible AI applications that bring benefits to all Africa. The vibrancy of Africa’s AI community was demonstrated at the June 2023 AfricAI Conference in Kigali, Rwanda, co-organized by IDRC, which convened professionals, experts, researchers and policymakers from across the continent to explore AI’s advancements and applications.  

IDRC’s track record of investing in digital inclusion in the Global South reflects an understanding that AI applications will profoundly impact societies in low- and middle-income countries, both positively and negatively. IDRC was among the first organizations to support a shared research agenda for AI and human development, which forms the basis of IDRC’s programming approach. 

IDRC launches inaugural Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report

September 14, 2023
IDRC’s first Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report highlights our commitment to ESG as essential to our vision of building a more sustainable and inclusive world.
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IDRC has published its first-ever Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report, highlighting our commitment to building a more sustainable and inclusive world. 

A journey inspired by Strategy 2030  

For over half a century, IDRC has championed and funded research and innovation to drive global change. Our dedication to these goals was renewed with Strategy 2030, which set out an ambitious agenda to support the achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. IDRC’s ESG program recognizes that we could do more to contribute to this vision and highlights progress toward integrating ESG practices into our work. 

A comprehensive framework 

Our ESG program puts ESG initiatives at the heart of the Centre’s operations and provides a roadmap for implementing these priorities in everything we do. It takes stock of achievements so far and sets targets for our ESG performance.  

Key highlights 

The report underlines some important elements and outlines actions being taken to integrate ESG into our organization. Here are some key highlights: 

  • IDRC has set a goal for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 
  • The recent move of IDRC’s headquarters to a new location in Ottawa provided an opportunity to apply ESG thinking to make a bigger difference.  
  • With 63.2% of senior managerial roles within IDRC held by women, the Centre is reinforcing its commitment to gender equality. 
  • IDRC made a generous donation of $CAD225,000 worth of furniture and equipment to community organizations in Ottawa. 
  • The Centre’s vibrant multicultural workforce speaks 25 different languages. 

Our employees, leadership, Board of Governors and all stakeholders have been instrumental in our journey. Together, we'll continue to work towards creating a better world for all.  

Global Call for Research Proposals: Innovative Veterinary Solutions for Antimicrobial Resistance (InnoVet-AMR) 2 in Food-Producing animals: Ruminants and Aquaculture

Call for
Climate-Resilient Food Systems
InnoVet-AMR: Innovative Veterinary Solutions for Antimicrobial Resistance
32 months
Food and Agriculture
Funded by
Canada’s International Development Research Centre and the UK Department of Health and Social Care
1.6M CAD / project
Point of contact

Innovative Veterinary Solutions for Antimicrobial Resistance (InnoVet-AMR) is a four-year, CAD26.3 million partnership between IDRC and the UK Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). The initiative is aimed at reducing the emerging risk that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in animals poses to global health and food security.  

Through InnoVet-AMR, IDRC and DHSC aim to achieve two main objectives: 

  • Support research that will identify and develop prophylactic and therapeutic innovative veterinary solutions, including vaccines, to improve health, while reducing the use of antimicrobials in ruminants and aquaculture operations in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). 

  • Build effective gender-balanced partnerships to better contribute to the discovery and development of innovative veterinary solutions to reduce the use of antimicrobials in ruminants and aquaculture operations in LMICs. 


This initiative will invite research proposals focused on veterinary solutions, where new product-oriented solutions would significantly reduce the therapeutic and/or non-therapeutic use of antimicrobials in low- and middle-income countries in ruminants and/or aquaculture production. These solutions should target the prevention and control of bacterial infectious diseases of importance in low- and middle-income countries and the reduction of the use of antimicrobials while considering gender equity and inclusion and demonstrating commitment to climate change mitigation.  

More details

For more information, please read the following documents before applying:   

  1. Detailed call document  

  1. Frequently asked questions 

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If you are eligible for this opportunity we welcome you to submit an application.

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Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX) Regional Hubs extended to June 2027

August 21, 2023
KIX Regional Hubs will continue their work mobilizing evidence, facilitating peer learning and knowledge exchange, and strengthening policymakers’ capacity to use evidence in education policy and practice through to 2027.
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Representatives from KIX Regional Hubs gathered in Ottawa in early 2023 to strategize about the extension. Read more here.  

Following the announcement of the extension of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX), a joint endeavour with Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), all four KIX Regional Hubs have been approved for extensions through to June 2027.  

The sharing and exchange of knowledge is one of the core functions of KIX. Representatives from GPE partner countries share information, innovation, and best practices to bridge knowledge gaps and inform education policy and programming. All of this is facilitated by the Hubs, which act as knowledge brokering units for KIX. 

With this extension, KIX Hubs will continue to fulfill their core objectives: 

  1. Foster demand-driven regional knowledge exchange and strengthen the capacity of country representatives to identify, use, share and mobilize evidence related to priority policy challenges.   
  2. Produce relevant knowledge and evidence syntheses and disseminate them to relevant actors.  
  3. Mobilize regional knowledge and evidence uptake. 

The extension will also see Hubs continuing to shape and mobilize KIX applied research and contributing to targeted Country Support in response to requests from individual countries to meet their unique evidence needs. 

This map shows that the Hubs cover four regions: Anglophone East, West, and Southern Africa (Africa 19); Francophone and Lusophone West, Central, and Southern Africa (Africa 21); Europe, Asia, and the Pacific (EAP); and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).
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The hubs cover four regions: Anglophone East, West, and Southern Africa (Africa 19); Francophone and Lusophone West, Central, and Southern Africa (Africa 21); Eastern Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Asia, and the Pacific (EMAP); and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

Since their launch in 2020, the Hubs have demonstrated impressive results across their regions, conducting more than 150 knowledge mobilization and capacity strengthening activities. The knowledge and skills that policymakers gained through these activities have been immediately practical in their own countries. For example, representatives from Cambodia’s planning department gained skills and knowledge on using geospatial data to improve equitable access to education from a learning cycle hosted by the EMAP Hub and used them to conduct a mid-term review of the national education sector strategic plan.   

"KIX learning events targeted the right practitioners in the Gambia,” said the Director of Standard Quality Assurance at The Gambia’s Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education. “Senior management teams from various departments participated in KIX knowledge exchange and capacity strengthening events which they translated to their own country. A good example is the establishment of online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, which enabled continuous education in The Gambia. They also established communities of practice which proved to be immensely beneficial, facilitating peer learning and collaboration among education professionals.”  

This extension will allow Hubs to continue to facilitate regional knowledge exchange, mobilize evidence and support the capacity of policymakers to identify and use that evidence in their countries’ education policy and programming.

IDRC invites applications for the John G. Bene Fellowship 2023

July 31, 2023
IDRC is now accepting applications for this year’s John G. Bene Fellowship 2023 on Justice for women and Indigenous peoples through climate-resilient forests and food systems.
Winy Vásques Benavides, the Bene Fellowship awardee in 2020, stands in the middle of a forest
The 2020 John G. Bene Fellowship was awarded to Winy Vásquez Benavides, a PhD student in forestry at the University of British Columbia. The fellowship supported her research on the right to food in contested spaces.

This call is open to Canadians and permanent residents of Canada pursuing master’s or doctoral studies at a Canadian university.

This fellowship facilitates field research on the relationship between forest resources, biodiversity or food systems, climate resilience and the social, economic, cultural and environmental welfare of people in developing countries.

The application deadline for the John G. Bene Fellowship 2023: Justice for women and Indigenous peoples through climate-resilient forests and food systems is August 31, 2023 at 16:00 (EDT).

IDRC-supported research wins a Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture Award

July 27, 2023
Research supported by Cultivate Africa’s Future has received a regional award for its innovative approaches to promoting the sustainable development of the fisheries and aquaculture sector in Uganda. The NutriFish project was honoured during the Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture Awards held in Kampala June 30.
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NutriFish project
Fish-processing groups in Uganda are using innovations, such as drying racks, to enhance the quality of their products.

NutriFish works with the fish sector and its associated value chains to address the food security needs of vulnerable groups in Uganda who cannot afford expensive commercial fish, but who are in critical need of high-quality nutritious diets. Research has sought ways to reduce losses in the fisheries and aquaculture sector, increase access to animal protein and micronutrient-rich foods, and enhance the products’ quality through improved post-harvest and processing technologies.  

Organized by the Sustainable Fisheries Initiative, the Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture awards provide an annual opportunity to recognize and celebrate some of East Africa’s brightest innovators in the fisheries and aquaculture sector. This year’s ceremony was officiated by Hellen Adoa, the Ugandan Minister of State for Fisheries. It comprised 15 awards, including Fishery Innovations, which NutriFish won. Uganda’s National Fisheries Resources Research Institute, a NutriFish partner, received the Government Excellence Award. 

Since its launch in April 2019, NutriFish has developed innovative ways to increase production and consumption of Mukene, a silver fish found in abundance in Ugandan lakes. For instance, by incorporating Mukene into five different products — baby food, sauce, maize meal, snacks and seasoning — consumers have been provided with nutritious and affordable food options that contain much-needed protein, iron, zinc and folic acid. 

In view of the importance of improved data collection for helping sustain the local fish sector, the NutriFish team also developed and introduced a mobile application called electronic Catch Assessment Survey. The app is available for free and gathers real-time information related to catch quantity, type of fishing nets used and how much money fishers expect to earn. It has not only enhanced data quality and quantity, but also drastically reduced the cost of data collection. 

Other approaches adopted by NutriFish include training “champions” to promote high fish-quality standards, and supporting women in establishing group savings accounts. 

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Cultivate Africa's Future, which supports research to achieve long-term food security in Eastern and Southern Africa, is jointly funded by IDRC and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.  

Learn more 

Justice for women and Indigenous peoples through climate-resilient forests and food systems – John G. Bene Fellowship 2023

Call for
Climate-Resilient Food Systems
10 weeks to 12 months
Funded by
Bene Endowment fund and IDRC
Up to three awards of a maximum of CAD23,000
Point of contact
Student award

IDRC has helped graduate students undertake thesis research in the field of international development since 1982. The Bene fellowship, a bequest from the estate of John G. Bene, is offered annually to Canadians and permanent residents of Canada pursuing master’s or doctoral studies at a Canadian university. Candidates should have an academic background that combines an interest in forests with social sciences (e.g., forestry, agroforestry, climate justice for women and Indigenous people, gender, biodiversity, or ecosystems).  

We offer this fellowship to facilitate field research on the relationship between forest resources and the social, economic, cultural and environmental welfare of people in developing countries, particularly in the face of changing climate conditions. The successful candidate will propose research that benefits less privileged people in developing countries, focusing on women and Indigenous people, aiming to increase the resilience of individuals and forest communities facing difficult contexts and challenges. Note that work focused on genomics and/or genetic modification is not eligible.  

Learn more about John G. Bene 


This call is open to Canadians and permanent residents of Canada pursuing master’s or doctoral studies at a Canadian university. The award under this call will cover costs of field research conducted for a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation in one or more countries of the Global South.

More details

For more information, please read the following documents before applying:  

  1. Detailed call document 
  2. General FAQs  
  3. Technical FAQs  
  4. Letter of Approval by Research Supervisor for IDRC Awards  

If you still have a question after reading all the above, you may contact us at

If you are eligible for this opportunity we welcome you to submit an application.

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Seed grants to commercialize responsible artificial intelligence innovations in global health

July 19, 2023
Congratulations to the 23 recipients of Artificial Intelligence for Global Health competitive seed grants on commercializing artificial intelligence (AI) innovations for better sexual, reproductive and maternal health, and enhancing prevention, preparedness and response to epidemics and pandemics.
Attendees at the Summit NextGen IA Health and IA held by the Programa de Aceleración de Startups en Inteligencia Artificial (PASIA) at the Tecnológico de Monterrey's School of Engineering and Science’s AI Hub (Monterrey, Mexico) show the artwork created at the event.
The Programa de Aceleración de Startups en Inteligencia Artificial (PASIA) at the Tecnológico de Monterrey's School of Engineering and Science’s AI Hub presented the Summit NextGen IA Health and IA in April 2023. Attendees pose with their artwork.

These startups — across Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and Asia — will receive financial and technical support, including mentorship, skills strengthening and networking opportunities to strengthen business models focused on health equity, gender equality and inclusion. The recipients, sponsored through IDRC’s Artificial Intelligence for Global Health initiative, will share knowledge and experiences within and across regions, as well as with other partners.  

Each of these innovations focuses on ethical and responsible AI to mitigate potential associated ethical, legal and social harms of AI so that AI solutions can improve health outcomes. Results from these grants are expected to catalyze ecosystems of local, socially oriented entrepreneurs and innovators that develop responsible AI solutions to optimize inclusion, equitable health outcomes and commercially viable scale. 

The regional hubs are led by Tec de Monterrey (LAC), Villgro Africa (Africa) and Villgro Philippines (Asia). For all three incubators, mentorship in business development, scale up and technology is vital to the operations’ success. These are provided alongside seed funding to kickstart and nurture early stages of the innovation cycle. Target areas for global health for each grant focus on either sexual, reproductive and maternal health, or strengthening prevention, preparedness and response to epidemics and pandemics, with an emphasis on the potential to promote health equity. 

Two men and a woman pose for a photo, one is holding a certificate.
A dedicated team from the third generation of PASIA, the femtech startup WARMI focuses on women's well-being, spanning health, insurance, mental health and more. Their passionate pitch highlighted their commitment to transforming women's healthcare.

The five subgrantees from LAC address female health, cancer detection and accessibility. The innovations range from cervical cancer diagnosis using an AI tool to a real-time sign-language translation app. Read more

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Villgro Africa announces the innovators chosen for the AI4Health business accelerator program. Thanks to consortium partners IDRC, AI4D, I-DAIR, Nvidia, Johnson and Johnson Impact Ventures, Oxford University, Siemens Healthineers and Women At The Table.

The 10 recipients from Africa, selected through the Artificial Intelligence for Health funding call, address gender gaps in healthcare, democratizing healthcare access, sexual health diagnostics and inquiries, and maternal and neonatal health. These health-focused innovations range from teleradiology for underserved, distant communities, to HIV patient triage via AI modeling. Read more

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Villgro Philippines, led by Chairman Priya Thachadi (center, top row), gathers for a team photo with the entrepreneurs selected for AI4Health Asia Accelerator Program, marking the successful launch and Learning Lab in April in Bangkok, Thailand.

The eight grant recipients in Asia address sexual, reproductive and maternal health, gender-based violence, strengthening health systems for pandemic preparedness and regulatory compliance in food marketing. Their projects range from an application with an AI assistant for pregnant women to mobility solutions for emergency management. Read more about these recipients.

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