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 Mainstreaming Informal Employment and Gender in Poverty Reduction: A Handbook for Policy-makers and other Stakeholders

Economic self-reliance is as important as political independence.

Publisher(s): Commonwealth Secretariat, IDRC
ISBN: 0850927978
Book cover ¿Catastrofe o nueva sociedad? Modelo mundial latinoamericano 30 años después (segunda edición)

Many signs in today’s world lead us to be pessimistic about the future. They point to a world threatened by poverty, exclusion, hunger, and disease.

Publisher(s): IIED-AL, IDRC
ISBN: 9879803396
Book cover Internet and Society in Latin America and the Caribbean

The research contained in this book is designed to foster discussion about the policies and actions that must be promoted for building an Internet culture in Latin America and the Caribbean based o

Editor(s): Marcelo Bonilla and Gilles Cliche
Publisher(s): Southbound, IDRC
ISBN: 9839054376
Book cover Involving the Community: A Guide to Participatory Development Communication

This guide is intended for people working in research and development.

Publisher(s): Southbound, IDRC
ISBN: 9839054414
Book cover The Politics of Trade and Industrial Policy in Africa: Forced Consensus?

This book maps the policy process and political economy of policymaking in Africa. Its focus on trade and industrial policy makes it unique in the literature.

Editor(s): Charles Soludo, Osita Ogbu, and Ha-Joon Chang
Publisher(s): Africa World Press, IDRC
ISBN: 1592211658
Book cover Land & Development in Latin America: Issues and Openings for Policy Research

Is Latin America moving toward a new generation of pro-poor land reforms? What are the real openings and constraints with regard to such policies at the local, national, and international levels?

Publisher(s): North-South Institute, IDRC
ISBN: 1896770673
Book cover Information and Communication Technologies for Development in Africa Volume 3: Networking Institutions of Learning — SchoolNet

Volume 3 documents the processes used, and institutions created, to bring computers and connectivity into schools, as a means of enhancing the use and integration of ICTs in teaching and learning.

Editor(s): Tina James
Publisher(s): CODESRIA, IDRC
ISBN: 155250008X
Book cover Développement durable de l'agriculture urbaine en Afrique francophone : Enjeux, concepts et méthodes

Developing countries are going to experience a demographic explosion in the coming years: one that will be felt particularly strongly in cities.

Editor(s): Olanrewaju B. Smith, Paule Moustier, Luc. J.A. Mougeot, and Abdou Fall
Publisher(s): CIRAD, IDRC
ISBN: 2876145510
Book cover Municipal Forest Management in Latin America

What factors triggered the municipalization of forest management in Latin America? How is this process evolving in reality?

Editor(s): Lyès Ferroukhi
Publisher(s): CIFOR, IDRC
ISBN: 9793361301
Book cover Migratory Fishes of South America: Biology, Fisheries, and Conservation Status

Fish species that migrate within the great rivers of South America support important local fisheries but are little known outside their native range.

Editor(s): Joachim Carolsfield, Brian Harvey, Carmen Ross, and Anton Baer
Publisher(s): World Fisheries Trust, World Bank, IDRC
ISBN: 9683958212