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: Réglementation et supervision des institutions de microfinance en Afrique centrale

Microfinance institutions (MFIs) work with a client base that is for the most part excluded from the formal banking system.

Editor(s): Elias T. Ayuk and Georges Kobou
Publisher(s): IDRC
ISBN: 978-1-55250-591-5
Building and Evaluating Research Capacity

There have been many calls internationally over the past decade to strengthen, support, and sustain research capacity in lower- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Research capacity is considered

Editor(s): Nancy Edwards, Dan C. Owino Kaseje, and Eulalia Kokuangisa Kahwa
Publisher(s): UCT Press, IDRC
ISBN: 9781775822073
Use of Mobile Phones by the Rural Poor Book Cover

Mobile phones have been shown (though not uniformly) to contribute positively to rural development in many ways, from reducing information asymmetry, to improving functional networks, to increasing

Editor(s): Gerard Sylvester
Publisher(s): LIRNEasia, FAO, IDRC
ISBN: 9789251091456
Book cover Evaluation in the Extreme

Editor(s): Kenneth Bush and Colleen Duggan
Publisher(s): SAGE Publications, IDRC
ISBN: 9789351503941
Public Access ICT across Cultures book cover

Public access venues – most often Internet cafés in cities and state-run rural telecentres – are places where people can use computers and the Internet.

Editor(s): Francisco J. Proenza
Publisher(s): MIT Press, IDRC
ISBN: 9780262527378
Book cover La Microfinance en Afrique centrale

Editor(s): Elias T. Ayuk
Publisher(s): Langaa RPCIG, IDRC
ISBN: 9789956792931
Book cover Developing National Systems of Innovation

Interactions between firms and universities are key building blocks of innovation systems.

Editor(s): Eduardo Albuquerque, Wilson Suzigan, Glenda Kruss, and Keun Lee
Publisher(s): Edward Elgar Publishing, IDRC
ISBN: 9781784711092
Book cover Making Evaluation Matter

This is a first-of-its-kind collection of writings by evaluation professionals working in South Asia.

Editor(s): Katherine Eve Hay and Shubh Kumar-Range
Publisher(s): SAGE, IDRC
ISBN: 9789351500278
Book cover Tobacco Control and Tobacco Farming

The bulk of the world’s tobacco is produced in low- and middle-income countries.

Editor(s): Wardie Leppan, Natacha Lecours, and Daniel Buckles
Publisher(s): Anthem Press, IDRC
ISBN: 9781783082933