Funding Agency and Project Partners

Funding Agency

The IAdapt project is funded by The International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

IDRC funds research in developing countries to promote growth, reduce poverty, and drive large-scale positive change. A Crown corporation, it supports leading thinkers who advance knowledge and solve practical development problems by providing resources, advice, and training to them. Working with development partners, IDRC multiplies the impact of their investment and brings innovations to more people around the world. It offers fellowships and awards to nurture a new generation of development leaders.

The head office is located in Ottawa, Canada, with four regional offices in Cairo, Egypt; Montevideo, Uruguay; Nairobi, Kenya; and New Delhi, India.

The Cities and Climate Change initiative of IDRC is supporting high quality, demand driven, policy relevant action research that engages local authorities, communities, and the private sector. It aims to help meet the adaptation deficit in small to medium sized cities or well defined subdivisions of large cities, where demographic pressure and environmental stresses are particularly acute. Proposed solutions under this initiative address climate risk and uncertainty, and inspire innovation in adaptation strategies and technologies.

Project Partners

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, South Asia : ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is the world's leading association of more than 1500 metropolises, cities, urban regions and towns. ICLEI South Asia, the South Asian arm of ICLEI, has emerged as a strong and vibrant local government’s association in the region with a growing membership base. We promote local action for global sustainability and support cities to become sustainable, resilient, resource-efficient, biodiverse, low-carbon, productive, ecomobile; to build a smart infrastructure; and to develop an inclusive, green urban economy with sustainable procurement with the ultimate aim of achieving healthy and happy communities.

International Water Management Institute (IWMI) : The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is a non-profit, scientific research organization focusing on the sustainable use of water and land resources in developing countries. IWMI works in partnership with governments, civil society and the private sector to develop scalable agricultural water management solutions that have a real impact on poverty reduction, food security and ecosystem health. Headquartered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with regional offices across Asia and Africa, IWMI is a CGIAR Research Center and leads the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE).

Indian Institute of Technology, Madras : Indian Institute of Technology Madras is one among the foremost institutes of national importance in higher technological education, basic and applied research. The Institute was formally inaugurated in 1959. IIT Madras is a residential institute with nearly 550 faculty, 8000 students and 1250 administrative & supporting staff and is a self-contained campus located in a beautiful wooded land of about 250 hectares. It has established itself as a premier centre for teaching, research and industrial consultancy in the country. A faculty of international repute, a brilliant student community, excellent technical & supporting staff and an effective administration have all contributed to the pre-eminent status of IIT Madras. The campus is located in the city of Chennai, the state capital of Tamilnadu, India.

Athena Infonomics LLC : Athena Infonomics is a policy research and development analytics firm focusing on strengthening the use of data and social science research to solve development and inclusive growth issues worldwide. Athena lies at the intersection of the public and private sectors, helping policy makers and development sector actors design data-backed policies and programs. Athena Infonomics distinguishes itself through its cutting-edge research methods and tools for modelling socio-economic phenomenon. Founded in 2010, Athena’s support network comprises distinguished policy makers, academics and intellectuals from diverse backgrounds who play both advisory and consulting roles.