International Development Research Centre (IDRC)


To achieve self-reliance, poor communities need answers to questions like: How can we grow more and healthier food? Protect our health? Create jobs? A key part of Canada’s aid program since 1970, IDRC supports research in developing countries to answer these questions.

Our earliest supporter, IDRC, provided the funds needed to launch APC Women’s Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP) activities around the world during the lead-up to the 1995 UN World Conference on Women (UNWCW). IDRC continued to support initiatives of the APC WNSP, as well as the development of our ‘Mission-Driven Business Planning Toolkit’. IDRC also provided start-up support to our internet rights work through the Global ICT Policy Monitor project, with a focus on activities in Latin America and Africa. In addition, APC’s Betinho Communications Prize to recognise socially meaningful uses of the internet was funded by IDRC for the first two years. IDRC also provided partial support for the APC Africa Hafkin Prize (awarded in 2001) and, in 1995, for the APC council meeting in Brazil.

In 2001 they funded the Africa Hafkin Prize; Betinho Communications Prize; Global ICT Policy Monitor project; and WNSP Lessons Learned / GEM.

In 2002: LAC ICT Policy Monitor project; Africa Hafkin Prize; Global ICT Policy Monitor project; Gender and ICT Evaluation Methodology (GEM); and the “Civil Society and ICT Policy in Africa” workshop.

In 2003: The Africa Hafkin Prize; the Betinho Communications Prize; LAC and Africa ICT Policy Monitor projects; and Gender and ICT Evaluation Methodology (GEM).

In 2004: The Africa ICT Policy Monitor project; Gender and ICT Evaluation Methodology (GEM); Global Gender and ICT forum; Africa Hafkin Prize 2004-5; Capacity building for wireless connectivity in Africa.

In 2005: The Africa ICT Policy Monitor; Africa Hafkin Prize 2004-5; Betinho Communications Prize 2005; Capacity building for wireless connectivity in Africa; Institutional Support Project (INSPRO); Gender Research in Africa into ICTs for empowerment (GRACE); GenARDIS; Wireless training workshop at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

In 2006: Capacity building for community wireless connectivity in Africa; capacity building and institutional support; Gender Research in Africa into ICTs for Empowerment (GRACE); the GenARDIS project; GenARDIS project evaluation; Making EASSy easy: Media and ICT policy meeting; Wireless going forward: Meeting of all wireless partners; Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM) II; GEM workshop in Asia; and the Harambee project.

IDRC has also provided funding for the following:

  • Communication for influence in Central, East and West Africa (CICEWA)
  • Africa ICT Policy Monitor
  • Open access in Africa: EASSy, SAT-3/WASC research
  • Gender evaluation methodology (GEM) – GEM II: Building gender evaluation practice within the ICT for Development Community (1 Nov 2006 to 31 Oct 2009) (WNSP)
  • Capacity Building and Institutional Support (INSPRO) for the Association for Progressive Communications (1 Feb 2005 to 31 Mar 2008) (MS)
  • Rio 2007 Internet Governance Forum Communications and Research Grants (1 Nov 2007 to 31 Jan 2008) (CIPP)
  • Positioning for the Future: Institutional Strengthening and Assessment of KICTANet (8 Jan 2007 to 8 Dec 2007) (CIPP)
  • Genardis: A small grants fund to address gender issues in ICTs in ACP Agricultural and Rural Development Round III (2008-2010) (WNSP)
  • Participation in the Harambee project (to 31 Dec 2007) (WNSP)
  • Action Plan for Harambee Focus Network (1 Mar 2007 to 29 Feb 2008) (WNSP)
  • Funded in part the Feminist Tech Exchange (December 2008)

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