ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

is a non-profit organization whose mission is to build and serve a worldwide movement of local and regional governments that are committed to achieving tangible improvements in environmental sustainability through cumulative local actions. Founded in 1990, ICLEI has grown to become the largest international association of local governments, representing more than 1,000 cities, towns, counties and municipal associations worldwide. ICLEI promotes participatory, long-term strategic planning processes to support local‐level sustainability, and is continually developing innovative new resources and approaches to respond to emerging issues at the local, national and international level.

More than 200 ICLEI staff work in 14 regional offices around the world. The ICLEI Canada office provides Canada-focused programming, training and capacity building services on a variety of local sustainability issues. These range from energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) management to climate change adaptation and resilience planning, and urban biodiversity.



A Crown corporation, we support leading thinkers who advance knowledge and solve practical development problems. We provide the resources, advice, and training they need to implement and share their solutions with those who need them most. In short, IDRC increases opportunities — and makes a real difference in people’s lives.

Working with our development partners, we multiply the impact of our investment and bring innovations to more people in more countries around the world. We offer fellowships and awards to nurture a new generation of development leaders.

Our head office is located in Ottawa, Canada, while four regional offices keep us close to our work. They are located in Cairo, Egypt; Montevideo, Uruguay; Nairobi, Kenya; and New Delhi, India.

IDRC is governed by a board of up to 14 governors, whose chairperson reports to Parliament through the Minister of International Development.

IDRC was established by an act of Canada’s parliament in 1970 with a mandate “to initiate, encourage, support, and conduct research into the problems of the developing regions of the world and into the means for applying and adapting scientific, technical, and other knowledge to the economic and social advancement of those regions.”