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 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
Book cover Knowledge to Policy: Making the Most of Development Research

A major contribution to an understudied, poorly understood, but critical aspect of development.

Publisher(s): Sage, IDRC
ISBN: 9788178299303
Book cover Telehealth in the Developing World

Health care is primarily about people-to-people interactions. It is about understanding, diagnosis, physical contact, communication, and, ultimately, providing care.

Editor(s): Richard Wootton, Nivritti G. Patil, Richard E. Scott, and Kendall Ho
Publisher(s): Royal Society of Medicine Press, IDRC
ISBN: 9781853157844
Book cover Creating Adaptive Policies: A Guide for Policy-making in an Uncertain World

Comprehensive in scope and grounded in actual case studies, this new contribution to public policy management backed by three expert sustainability organizations is a ‘how-to’ guide wrapped in clea

Editor(s): Darren Swanson and Suruchi Bhadwal
Publisher(s): Sage Publications, IDRC
ISBN: 9788132101475
ook cover African Researchers and Decision-Makers: Building Synergy for Development

This short and accessible book is essential reading for anyone interested in … the importance of synergy between researchers and decision-makers in Africa and how this can contribute to development

Editor(s): Abdoulaye Ndiaye
Publisher(s): CODESRIA, IDRC
ISBN: 9782869782600
Book cover Unprotected: Palestinians in Egypt since 1948

Publisher(s): Institute for Palestinian Studies, IDRC
ISBN: 9780887283130

Editor(s): Shaheen Rafi Khan
Publisher(s): Routledge, IDRC
ISBN: 9780415476737
Book cover Making Choices about Hydrogen: Transport Issues for Developing Countries

This timely book examines how developing countries can factor in competing arguments about the impending arrival of practical hydrogen fuel cell technology as they explore options for future polici

Editor(s): Lynn K. Mytelka and Grant Boyle
Publisher(s): UNU Press, IDRC
ISBN: 9789280811551
Book cover Competition Policies in Emerging Economies: Lessons and Challenges from Central America and Mexico

Do small developing economies, or SDEs, need a specific competition policy to create competitive markets?

Editor(s): Claudia Schatan and Eugenio Rivera
Publisher(s): Springer, IDRC
ISBN: 9780387784328