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 Water as a Human Right for the Middle East and North Africa

Access to safe drinking water and proper sanitation is essential for human survival and for maintenance of a decent quality of life.

Publisher(s): Routledge, IDRC
ISBN: 9780415461351
Book cover Globalization and Summit Reform: An Experiment in International Governance

This book describes and analyzes the 3-year-long “L-20” project, whose objective was to develop a method of breaking the political deadlocks that too often prevent progress on critical global issue

Author(s): Peter C. Heap
Publisher(s): Springer, IDRC
ISBN: 9780387765310
Book cover Learning from the Field: Innovating China’s Higher Education System

During the days in the field, we got to know the farmers… They are unpretending, loyal, and warm-hearted. This experience is a rich treasure in my life.
– Zhang Ziqin, course participant

Publisher(s): Foundation Books, IDRC
ISBN: 9788175966017
Book cover Descentralizacón y manejo ambiental: Gobernanza Costera en México

Environmental governance argues that governments are not the only agents responsible for managing environmental problems and that the solution is to share the management of environmental issues wit

Publisher(s): Plaza y Valdés, IDRC
ISBN: 9786074021004
Book cover ICT Infrastructure in Emerging Asia: Policy and Regulatory Roadblocks

Publisher(s): Sage India, IDRC
ISBN: 9780761936732
Book cover The Future Control of Food: A Guide to International Negotiations and Rules on Intellectual Property, Biodiversity and Food Security

This is the best single summary of the political choices facing food and agriculture policymakers that has been written in this decade.
Pat Mooney, Executive Director, the ETC Group

Publisher(s): Earthscan, IDRC
ISBN: 9781844074297
Book cover Globalization, Labor Markets and Inequality in India

India started on a program of reforms, both in its external and internal aspects, in the mid-1980s.

Author(s): Dipak Mazumdar and Sandip Sarkar
Publisher(s): Routledge, IDRC
ISBN: 9780415436113
Book cover Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2007–2008

The biennial Digital Review of Asia Pacific is a comprehensive guide to the state-of-practice and trends in information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D) in Asia Pacif

Publisher(s): Saga, Orbicom, IDRC
ISBN: 9780761936749
Book cover SAS2: A Guide to Collaborative Inquiry and Social Engagement

Author(s): Jacques M. Chevalier and Daniel J. Buckles
Publisher(s): Sage, IDRC
ISBN: 9788178298900
Book cover in_focus - Fixing Health Systems (2nd edition)

Author(s): Don de Savigny, Harun Kasale, Conrad Mbuya, and Graham Reid
Publisher(s): IDRC
ISBN: 9781552504093