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IDRC at 40: A Brief History

January 24, 2011

In celebration of 40 years of research for development, IDRC is pleased to announce the publication of IDRC at 40: A Brief History.

The 32-page booklet traces IDRC’s history through the decades, from the earliest discussions of establishing a research centre focused on technology and development, to the Centre’s current work in more than 100 countries.

Included are profiles of several IDRC projects that have made lasting changes in the lives of individuals and their communities: a 40% child mortality reduction in Tanzania; legal reforms to end Bolivia’s “water war;” employment equity for Argentinean women; and food security in the Philippines. The text also highlights IDRC-sponsored researchers who have achieved global distinction, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus and 2009 World Food Prize winner Gebisa Ejeta.

IDRC at 40 serves as an informative introduction to the Centre’s history, its challenges, successes, and stories of the past four decades.

Download the PDF: IDRC at 40