Books

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 Social Policy in a Global Society: Parallels and Lessons from the Canada–Latin America Experience

The focus of the 1980s was economic adjustment; in the 1990s, it's social policy reform.

Publisher(s): IDRC
ISBN: Out of print
Book cover Making a Difference: Measuring the Impact of Information on Development

What is the link between "information" and "development?" Terms such as "information superhighway," "information revolution," and "information economy" are used routinely to illustrate the profound

Publisher(s): IDRC
ISBN: Out of print

Security, sustainability, and stability often depend on a system of values that has taken centuries to develop within a specific society.

Author(s): William F. Ryan, S.J.
Publisher(s): IDRC
ISBN: Out of print
Book cover Agents of Change: Studies on the Policy Environment for Small Enterprise in Africa

Agents of Change presents the results of an international conference held in Africa.  It provides practical solutions and suggestions for real change.  It discusses national strategies for s

Publisher(s): Practical Action Publishing, IDRC
ISBN: Out of print
Book cover Building a New South Africa Volume 3: Science and Technology Policy

Let us use these ideas to ensure that our reconstruction and development go ahead in harmony.
— Nelson Mandela

Publisher(s): IDRC
ISBN: Out of print
Book cover People, Plants, and Patents: The Impact of Intellectual Property on Trade, Plant Biodiversity, and Rural Society

The recent GATT agreement and the Biodiversity Convention have moved intellectual property rights to the centre of South-North relations.

Author(s): The Crucible Group
Publisher(s): IDRC
ISBN: Out of print
Book cover Cities Feeding People: An Examination of Urban Agriculture in East Africa

For the urban poor of the South, food is becoming a prohibitively expensive commodity. By the late 1980s, cities of the developing world had to import half their food supply.

Author(s): Auxumite G. Egziabher, Diana Lee-Smith, Daniel G. Maxwell, Pyar Ali Memon, Luc J.A. Mougeot, and Camillus J. Sawio
Publisher(s): IDRC
ISBN: Out of print

The concept of sustainable development was set out in the Brundtland Report in 1987 and since has become part of the environmental and political vocabulary of the South and the North.

Author(s): Duncan M. Taylor
Publisher(s): IDRC
ISBN: Out of print
Book cover Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Concepts and Cases

The papers in this volume were selected from presentations made in a number of special sessions on Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), which were held as part of the Common Property Conference,

Author(s): Julian T. Inglis
Publisher(s): IDRC
ISBN: Out of print
Book cover Thirsty Cities: Urban Environments and Water Supply in Latin America

Many cities in Latin America and the Caribbean are experiencing a water crisis as sources become exhausted or degraded.

Author(s): Danilo J. Anton
Publisher(s): IDRC
ISBN: Out of print

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