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.


Cover of Making Open Development Inclusive

A decade ago, a significant trend in using and supporting open practices emerged in international development.

Editor(s): Matthew L. Smith and Ruhiya Kristine Seward
Publisher(s): MIT Press, IDRC
ISBN: 9780262539111
Cover of Formal and Informal Enterprises in Francophone Africa.

While the duality of African economies is well recognized in economic literature, only a few comprehensive studies have examined the formal and informal economies using the same instruments.

Editor(s): Ahmadou Aly Mbaye, Stephen S. Golub, and Fatou Gueye
Publisher(s): IDRC
ISBN: 9781552506158
Cover of Dreaming of a Better Life.

Putting an end to the practice of child marriage became an international commitment under Sustainable Development Goal 5 that focuses on empowering girls and women worldwide. Dreaming of a Bett

Editor(s): Gina Crivello and Gillian Mann
Publisher(s): Young Lives, IDRC
ISBN: 9781912485284
Cover of Contextualizing Openness.

Contextualizing Openness offers a fascinating look at Open Science and the democratization of knowledge in international development and social transformation with a focus on the Global So

Editor(s): Leslie Chan, Angela Okune, Rebecca Hillyer, Denisse Albornoz, and Alejandro Posada
Publisher(s): University of Ottawa Press, IDRC
ISBN: 9780776626666
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
Book cover The State of open data

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