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What we do

We invest in high-quality research, share knowledge globally, and mobilize alliances for a more sustainable and inclusive world.

Part of Canada’s foreign affairs and development efforts, we fund and support high-quality research in developing countries, share knowledge with researchers and policymakers to inform local and global action, and mobilize alliances to drive global positive change.

Combatting climate change and inequalities

Increasingly severe climate change impacts are threatening to undo hard-won development gains and undermine progress. Persistent inequality, whether based on gender, race, sexuality, economic status, or otherwise – prevent people from moving out of poverty and reaching their full potential. 

Layered with the COVID-19 pandemic, we believe climate change and inequality are the main barriers to reaching the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. These are the main drivers behind our work and guide our vision towards a more sustainable and inclusive world.

Learn more about our Strategy 2030.

Our areas of focus

We work on and fund projects in five interconnected areas of research that we believe will have the greatest impact on reducing the effects of climate change and addressing inequality, while helping to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Our research projects

Explore our rich portfolio of 2,000+ research projects from the past decade to see how we’re helping to improve lives.

Where we work

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