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 Strengthening Resilience in Post-Disaster Situations: Stories, Experience, and Lessons from South Asia

To mitigate, develop, and improve the lives of those vulnerable to intense natural disasters, climate change, and food insecurity, many agencies are funding and implementing diverse activities from

Editor(s): Julian Gonsalves and Priyanka Mohan
Publisher(s): Academic Foundation, IDRC
ISBN: 9788171889044
Book cover Manufacturing Enterprise in Asia: Size structure and economic growth

Publisher(s): Routledge, IDRC
ISBN: 9780415623339
Book cover Gender and Natural Resource Management: Livelihoods, Mobility and Interventions

There has been no book published in the last decade that takes a synoptic look at gender–environment issues while bridging theoretical, policy and practice concerns.

Editor(s): Bernadette P. Resurreccion and Rebecca Elmhirst
Publisher(s): Earthscan, IDRC
ISBN: 9781844075805
Book cover Sustainable Cities: Local Solutions in the Global South

As the combined problems of urbanization, environmental degradation, and poverty become increasingly urgent, understanding the links between sustainability and poverty reduction is imperative.

Editor(s): Mélanie Robertson
Publisher(s): Practical Action Publishing, IDRC
ISBN: 9781853397233
Book cover Biotechnology and Innovation Systems: The Role of Public Policy

This book explores how policies targeting public research institutions, such as universities, contribute to the appropriation of biotechnology through national innovation systems.

Editor(s): Bo Göransson and Carl Magnus Pålsson
Publisher(s): Edward Elgar, IDRC
ISBN: 9781781001387
Book cover Globalization, Trade and Poverty in Ghana

The persistence of poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), in the face of increased globalization and rapid trade liberalization during the past two decades has inspired considerable debate on the imp

Editor(s): Charles Ackah and Ernest Aryeetey
Publisher(s): IDRC
ISBN: 9789988647360

"This book, besides being informative, is inspirational.

Editor(s): Dominique F. Charron
Publisher(s): Springer, IDRC
ISBN: 9781461405160
Book cover South-South Collaboration in Health Biotechnology: Growing Partnerships amongst Developing Countries

This book presents a detailed portrait of the contours of South-South collaboration in the health biotechnology sector.

Editor(s): Halla Thorsteinsdóttir
Publisher(s): Academic Foundation, IDRC
ISBN: 9788171889099
Book cover Conservation and Sustainable Development: Linking Practice and Policy in Eastern Africa

The links between policy and practice in natural resource management are often depicted as a cyclical and rational process.

Editor(s): Jonathan Davies
Publisher(s): IDRC
ISBN: 9780415501828
Book cover Linking Research to Practice: Strengthening ICT for Development Research Capacity in Asia

Information and communication technologies have long promised to provide quality education, improve health care, allow open government, and solve environmental issues.

Editor(s): Arul Chib and Roger Harris
Publisher(s): ISEAS Publishing, SIRC, IDRC
ISBN: 9789814380003