The Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD), an internationally recognised multidisciplinary organisation working primarily in partnership with Mediterranean and intertropical countries, is a French public research establishment under the joint authority of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research and Innovation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Via its network and presence in fifty or so countries, it takes an original approach to research, expertise, training and knowledge-sharing, to the benefit of countries and regions that make science and innovation key drivers in their development.

Scientific progress is necessary to further sustainable and human development: the IRD (French Research Institute for Development) carries this conviction with it wherever it is present, and wherever it works with its partners. The IRD is a key French player on the international development agenda. It works based on an original model: equitable scientific partnership with developing countries, primarily those in the intertropical regions and the Mediterranean area.

The IRD believes that only this model allows us to design solutions which are adapted to the challenges that humans and the planet are facing: pandemics, climate change, humanitarian and political crises, etc. Because the whole planet is facing these development challenges.

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(figures as of 31/12/2016)

The innovation and development service, based in Marseille and Paris, is the partner service of the CVT.