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The research that IDRC supports in sub-Saharan Africa promotes gender equality, builds research capacity, and empowers people and organizations to identify relevant solutions for local contexts.

Research focus

For almost 50 years, IDRC has supported researchers and innovators in sub-Saharan Africa to work with communities to find ways to improve health systems, develop inclusive economies, promote good governance and inclusive justice systems, address climate change, boost agricultural productivity to enhance food security, and leverage information and communication technologies.

Our programming brings stakeholders together across disciplines and sectors for greater impact on a larger scale. This knowledge and collaboration contributes to the realization of the African Union’s Agenda 2063, the continent’s blueprint for inclusive and sustainable development.

Regional offices

IDRC has two regional offices that coordinate activities in more than 40 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. The Eastern and Southern Africa office is located in Nairobi, Kenya, and the Central and West Africa office is located in Dakar, Senegal.

Explore research projects that we support.


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M’resh means beautiful

Zipporah, a 22 year old single mother, juggles child care responsibilities and the challenge to make ends meet in one of Nairobi’s poorest slums.

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Women in mining

In Uganda, millions of women work in small-scale mining. But women’s roles are often ignored in this male-dominated industry.

Regional Office

Nairobi, Kenya

PO Box 62084 00200, Nairobi, Kenya
Street address: Eaton Place, 3rd floor
United Nations Crescent, Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya
Phone: (+254) 709-074000
Regional Office

Dakar, Senegal

Immeuble 2K Plaza, route des Almadies,
P.O. Box 25121 CP10700 Dakar Fann, Senegal

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