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 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
Book cover Integrated Natural Resource Management in the Highlands of Eastern Africa: From Concept to Practice

This book documents a decade of research, methodological innovation, and lessons learned in an eco-regional research-for-development program operating in the eastern African highlands, the African

Editor(s): Laura German, Jeremias Mowo, Tilahun Amede, and Kenneth Masuki
Publisher(s): Earthscan, IDRC
ISBN: 9781849714242
Book cover The Custodians of Biodiversity: Sharing Access to and Benefits of Genetic Resources

Globally, local and indigenous approaches to conserving biodiversity, crop improvement, and managing precious natural resources are under threat.

Editor(s): Manuel Ruiz, Ronnie Vernooy
Publisher(s): Earthscan, IDRC
ISBN: 9781849714518
Book cover Agriculture in Urban Planning: Generating Livelihoods and Food Security

This volume, by researchers working in urban agriculture, examines concrete strategies to integrate city farming into the urban landscape.

Editor(s): Mark Redwood
Publisher(s): Earthscan, IDRC
ISBN: 9781844076680
Book cover Harvesting Feminist Knowledge for Public Policy: Rebuilding Progress

This volume brings together 14 essays by feminist thinkers from different parts of the world, reflecting on problems of current patterns of development and arguing for political, economic, and soci

Editor(s): Devaki Jain and Diane Elson
Publisher(s): Sage, IDRC
ISBN: 9788132107415
Book cover Population Aging and the Generational Economy: A Global Perspective

Lee and Mason have done scholars and practitioners a magnificent service by undertaking this comprehensive, compelling, and supremely innovative examination of the economic consequences of chan

Editor(s): Ronald Lee and Andrew Mason
Publisher(s): Edward Elgar, IDRC
ISBN: 9780857934642
Book cover Tobacco Control in Africa: People, Politics and Policies

Tobacco use in Sub-Saharan Africa is growing rapidly as a result of strong economic growth and the aggressive marketing tactics of tobacco multinationals.

Editor(s): Jeffrey Drope
Publisher(s): Anthem Press, IDRC
ISBN: 9780857287830
Book cover Changing Minds: A Guide to Facilitated Participatory Planning

This book draws on the work of thinkers and doers throughout the world who have grappled with the challenge of planning complex institutions, especially health systems and development projects.

Publisher(s): Academic Foundation, Fountain Publishers, IDRC
ISBN: 9788171888603
Book cover Access Contested: Security, Identity, and Resistance in Asian Cyberspace

A daily battle for rights and freedoms in cyberspace is being waged in Asia.

Editor(s): Ronald Deibert, John Palfrey, Rafal Rohozinski, and Jonathan Zittrain
Publisher(s): MIT Press, IDRC
ISBN: 9780262516808
Book cover Stengthening Rural Livelihoods: The Impact of Information and Communication Technologies in Asia

Strengthening Rural Livelihoods provides a useful and balanced review of the influence that mobile phones and the Internet can have on supporting the livelihoods of rural people, and particular

Editor(s): David J. Grimshaw and Shalini Kala
Publisher(s): Practical Action Publishing, IDRC
ISBN: 9781853397226