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 An Introduction to the Human Development and Capability Approach: Freedom and Agency

Since 1990, the United Nations Development Programme has been publishing Human Development Reports at the global, regional, national and local level.

Editor(s): Séverine Deneulin and Lila Shahani
Publisher(s): Earthscan, IDRC
ISBN: 9781844078066
Book cover Land Tenure, Gender, and Globalization: Research and Analysis from Africa, Asia, and Latin America

Drawing from field research in Cameroon, Ghana, Viet Nam, and the Amazon forests of Brazil, Bolivia, and Peru, this book explores the relationship between gender and land, revealing the workings of

Editor(s): Dzodzi Tsikata and Pamela Golah
Publisher(s): Zubaan, IDRC
ISBN: 9788189884727
Book cover Analysis of Multidimensional Poverty: Theory and Case Studies

This book presents a new method for measuring multidimensional poverty.

Publisher(s): Springer, IDRC
ISBN: 9781441909053
Book cover Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2009–2010

The Digital Review of Asia Pacific meets an urgent need for current and relevant information and viewpoints on ICT for development in Asia and the Pacific.

Editor(s): Shahid Akhtar and Patricia Arinto
Publisher(s): Sage, Orbicom, IDRC
ISBN: 9788132100843
Book cover Mining in Africa: Regulation and Development

The continent of Africa is rich in minerals needed by Western economies. Yet the mining industry contributes very little to African development.

Editor(s): Bonnie Campbell
Publisher(s): Pluto Press, IDRC
ISBN: 9780745329390
Book cover The Politics of Trade: The Role of Research in Trade Policy and Negotiation

Drawing on internal political contexts and external influences on the policy process, this book illustrates the growing relevance of research in increasingly contested settings designed to support

Editor(s): Diana Tussie
Publisher(s): Republic of Letters, Brill, IDRC
ISBN: 9789004172784
Fuelling Economic Growth: The Role of Public–Private Sector Research in Development

The past two decades have witnessed a significant change in the environment for research and development (R&D) around the world.

Editor(s): Michael Graham and Jean Woo
Publisher(s): Practical Action Publishing, IDRC
ISBN: 9781853396755
Book cover Implementing the World Intellectual Property Organization's Development Agenda

This book should be read by all those interested in the complex connections amongst international governance, intellectual property rights, and development. 

Editor(s): Jeremy de Beer
Publisher(s): Wilfrid Laurier University Press, CIGI, IDRC
ISBN: 9781554581542
Book cover African Women and ICTs: Investigating Technology, Gender and Empowerment

I commend the authors for this valuable initiative. Above all I salute every single African woman, young and old, who is boldly navigating these troubled waters.
— Graça Machel

Editor(s): Ineke Buskens and Anne Webb
Publisher(s): Zed, IDRC
ISBN: 9781848131927
Book cover Living the Information Society in Asia

Asian societies are in a period of transition, as people are learn to live with new information and communication technologies (ICTs).

Editor(s): Erwin Alampay
Publisher(s): ISEAS, IDRC
ISBN: 9789812308733