Why we do what we do
IDRC established the Donor Partnerships Division in 1996 to build bridges with other donors dedicated to supporting research that helps solve pressing problems in developing countries.
IDRC recognized the value of partnering with other donors as early as 1979. Since then, we’ve entered into various types of partnerships, including co-funding arrangements with approximately 140 donors.
The number and size of our partnerships have grown substantially in recent years. As of March 31, 2010, IDRC was involved with 20 partners in 50 multi-year donor agreements worth $322 million.
IDRC’s partners include government agencies, granting councils, the private sector, philanthropic foundations, and more.
Achieving financial security can be difficult for organizations forced to adapt to an evolving funding environment. The Resource Mobilization (RM) program helps Southern-based research organizations become sustainable.
Capacity-building support to our grantees is complemented by RM learning activities in three areas:
- the financial sustainability of research networks
- the RM needs of Southern-based universities
- knowledge management of RMR learning and practice