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 in_focus - Competition and Development: The Power of Competitive Markets

The growth of international trade and investment and the spread of bilateral and multilateral trade agreements have resulted in increasing economic integration, affecting almost all nations of the

Publisher(s): IDRC
ISBN: 9781552504024
Book cover El manejo de las pesquerías en ríos tropicales de Sudamérica

Fisheries contribute greatly to the world food supply, especially for the poor communities in developing countries that depend on fish and fish byproducts as their main source of animal protein.

Editor(s): Danny Pinedo and Carlos Soria
Publisher(s): Mayol Ediciones, Instituto del Bien Común, IDRC
ISBN: Out of print
Book cover SAS2: A Guide to Collaborative Inquiry and Social Engagement

Publisher(s): Sage, IDRC
ISBN: 9788178298900
Book cover Gender Justice, Citizenship, and Development

Although there have been notable gains for women globally in the last few decades, gender inequality and gender-based inequities continue to impinge upon girls’ and women’s ability to realize their

Editor(s): Maitrayee Mukhopadhyay and Navsharan Singh
Publisher(s): Zubaan, IDRC
ISBN: 9788189884336
Book cover Security and Democracy in Southern Africa

Southern Africa has embarked on one of the world’s most ambitious security co-operation initiatives, seeking to roll out the principles of the United Nations at regional levels.

Editor(s): Gavin Cawthra, Andre du Pisani, and Abillah Omari
Publisher(s): Wits University Press, IDRC
ISBN: 9781868144532
Book cover Knowledge Systems and Natural Resources: Management, Policy, and Institutions in Nepal

Editor(s): Hemant R. Ojha, Netra P. Timsina, Ram B. Chhetri, and Krishna P. Paudel
Publisher(s): Cambridge University Press India, IDRC
ISBN: 9788175965638
Book cover Sustainable Development at Risk: Ignoring the Past

Dr Hulse is the very embodiment of humanistic science and scientific humanism… Whatever he writes has the stamp of authority and credibility because it comes from his personal experience. 

Publisher(s): Foundation Books, IDRC
ISBN: 9788175965218
Book cover The Policy Paradox in Africa: Strengthening Links between Economic Research and Policymaking

It is becoming increasingly clear that without sweeping changes to both domestic and international policies, Africa will not reach the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

Editor(s): Elias T. Ayuk and Mohamed Ali Marouani
Publisher(s): African World Press, IDRC
ISBN: 1592215777
Book cover E-Governance in Africa From Theory to Action: A Handbook on ICTs for Local Governance

An important contribution to the literature on the subject of e-governance in general, and e-governance in Africa in particular, as well as of ICTs and development in Africa.

Publisher(s): African World Press, IDRC
ISBN: 1592215793
Book cover Les dynamiques transfrontalières en Afrique de l'Ouest: Analyse des potentiels de trois « pays frontières » en Afrique de l’Ouest

Economic, political, and social integration is recognized as both a major developmental and political issue in the West African subregion.

Editor(s): Enda Diapol
Publisher(s): Karthala, IDRC
ISBN: 9782845868755