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CMAJ. 2010 September 21; 182(13): 1449.
PMCID: PMC2942921

IDRC public scandal: phase 2

Phase 1 of the IDRC (International Development Research Centre) public scandal was the presence of a representative of the tobacco industry as chair of its Board (as Barbara McDougall was until March 2010).1 Phase 2 requires a question nobody asks: What did IDRC do with the Gates Foundation money under McDougall’s stewardship? What did IDRC do with the $3 505 535 that was not allocated to African grantees?

On December 2007, the Gates Foundation awarded $5 274 477 to IDRC to promote tobacco control in Africa. At the same time, McDougall, who was a Director of Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd., became chair of the IDRC Board of Governors. Under her chairmanship, the African grantees apparently received $1 768 942, which represents between 30% and 33% of the grant awarded by the Gates Foundation. What happened to the remaining 67%?



1. Hébert PC, Reddy KS, Jha P. Canada’s perceived lack of leadership on global tobacco control. CMAJ. 2010;182:E427. [PMC free article] [PubMed]

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