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 E-Government for Good Governance in Developing Countries

E-Government for Good Governance in Developing Countries provides practical supporting material on information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D), specifically, e-government imp

Publisher(s): Anthem Press, IDRC
ISBN: 9781783082636
Book cover Les déchets électroniques et informatiques en Afrique

Should joining the information society happen without assessing the risks posed by the flood of equipment into African countries?

Editor(s): Cheikh Diop and Ramata Molo Thioune
Publisher(s): Éditions Karthala, IDRC
ISBN: 9782811110796
Book cover ICT Pathways to Poverty Reduction

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have been proven to promote economic growth, but do we know that ICTs reduce poverty?

Editor(s): Edith Ofwona Adera, Timothy M. Waema, Julian May, Ophelia Mascarenhas, and Kathleen Diga
Publisher(s): Practical Action Publishing, IDRC
ISBN: 9781853398162
Book cover Open Development: Networked Innovations in International Development

The emergence of open networked models made possible by digital technology has the potential to transform international development.

Editor(s): Matthew L. Smith and Katherine M. A. Reilly
Publisher(s): The MIT Press, IDRC
ISBN: 9780262525411
Book cover Connecting ICTs to Development

Over the past two decades, projects supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) have critically examined how information and communications technologies (ICTs) can be used to

Editor(s): Laurent Elder, Heloise Emdon, Richard Fuchs, and Ben Petrazzini
Publisher(s): Anthem Press, IDRC
ISBN: 9780857281241
Book cover in_focus: Information Lives of the Poor: Fighting poverty with technology

Information and communication have always opened opportunities for the poor to earn income, reduce isolation, and respond resiliently to emergencies.

Publisher(s): IDRC
ISBN: 9781552505717
Book cover Enabling Openness

In recent years, the Internet and other network technologies have emerged as a central issue for development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Publisher(s): Fundación Comunica, IDRC
ISBN: 9781552505786
Book cover Women. Livestock Ownership and Markets

Providing empirical evidence from Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique, and from different production systems, this book illustrates that livestock is an important asset to women and their participation

Editor(s): Jemimah Njuki and Pascal C. Sanginga
Publisher(s): Taylor & Francis, IDRC
ISBN: 9780415639286
Book cover Financing Innovation

As the fifth volume in a series of five books bringing together the results of intensive research on the national systems of innovation (NSI) in the BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China,

Editor(s): Michael Kahn, Luiz Martins de Melo, and Marcelo G. Pessoa de Matos
Publisher(s): Routledge, IDRC
ISBN: 9780415710398
Book cover Transnational Corporations and Local Innovation

As the fourth volume in a series of five books bringing together the results of intensive research on the national systems of innovation (NSI) in the BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China,

Editor(s): José Cassiolato, Graziela Zucoloto, Dinesh Abrol, and Liu Xielin
Publisher(s): Routledge, IDRC
ISBN: 9780415710381