IDRC is committed to improving lives and livelihoods by supporting research that addresses critical international development issues. One of the important ways that IDRC and our grantees help to bring about positive change is through our book publishing program, where we share our research results and findings with other researchers, policymakers, and communities globally.

Explore our book collection from the last 25 years below, all free for digital download. Hundreds more IDRC books, published from the 1970s to the 1990s, are available through the  IDRC Digital Library.


Book cover Scaling Impact: Innovation for the public good

Scaling Impact introduces a new and practical approach to scaling the positive impacts of research and innova­tion.

Author(s): Robert McLean and John Gargani
Publisher(s): Routledge, IDRC
ISBN: 9781138605558
Book cover Reducing Urban Violence in the Global South

Reducing Urban Violence in the Global South seeks to identify the drivers of urban violence in the cities of the Global South and how they relate to and interact with poverty and inequalit

Editor(s): Jennifer Erin Salahub, Markus Gottsbacher, John de Boer, and Mayssam D. Zaaroura
Publisher(s): Routledge, IDRC
ISBN: 9780815368427
Cover of The State of Open Data: Histories and Horizons

In the decade since open data first broke onto the global stage, thousands of programs and projects around the world have worked to open data and use it to address a myriad of social and economic c

Editor(s): Tim Davies, Stephen B. Walker, Mor Rubinstein, and Fernando Perini
Publisher(s): African Minds, IDRC
ISBN: 9781928331957
Cover of Digital Economies at Global Margins

More than one billion people over the last five years have become new Internet users.

Editor(s): Mark Graham
Publisher(s): MIT Press, IDRC
ISBN: 9780262535892
Cover of Feminist Advocacy, Family Law and Violence Against Women: International Perspectives

Around the world, discriminatory legislation prevents women from accessing their human rights.

Editor(s): Mahnaz Afkhami, Yakın Ertürk, and Ann Elizabeth Mayer
Publisher(s): Routledge, IDRC
ISBN: 9781138344938
Book Cover: Shadow Libraries

Examining the new ecosystems of access that are emerging in middle- and low-income countries as opportunities for higher education expand but funding for materials shrinks.

Editor(s): Joe Karaganis
Publisher(s): MIT Press, IDRC
ISBN: 9780262535014
Book cover: Social Theories of Urban Violence in the Global South

While cities often act as the engines of economic growth for developing countries, they are also frequently the site of growing violence, poverty, and inequality.

Editor(s): Jennifer Erin Salahub, Markus Gottsbacher, and John de Boer
Publisher(s): Routledge, IDRC
ISBN: 9780815368397
Book Cover: Adoption and Impact of OER in the Global South

Education in the Global South faces several key interrelated challenges for which open educational resources (OER) are seen to be part of the solution.

Editor(s): Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams and Patricia B. Arinto
Publisher(s): African Minds, University of Cape Town (ROER4D), IDRC
ISBN: 9781928331483
Book Cover of in_focus - Healthy Lives for Vulnerable Women and Children

Tremendous challenges remain to ensure that the most vulnerable populations, including women, children, and adolescents, are able to enjoy the healthy lives and well-being promised in the Sustainab

Author(s): Sue Godt, Irene Agyepong, Walter Flores, and Gita Sen
Publisher(s): IDRC
ISBN: 9781552506011
Book cover: Entre el activismo y la intervención

This book brings together the experiences and lessons learned from five civil society organizations (CSOs) whose work is related to the health of indigenous women in Mexico.

Editor(s): Clara Juárez Ramírez, Felipe J. Hevia de la Jara, Ana E. López Ricoy and Laura G. Freyermuth Joffre
Publisher(s): Alternativas y Capacidades A.C., Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social, IDRC
ISBN: 9786079586836