We are 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 publications, where we share research findings with other researchers, policymakers, and communities globally.

Explore our collection from the last 25 years below. Hundreds of other books, published between the 1970s and the 1990s, are available through the IDRC Digital Library.


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
Book cover Markets and Rural Poverty: Upgrading in Value Chains

This book explores the place of poor people within a rich variety of value chains, focusing upon lagging, rural regions in Africa and Asia, and how they can “upgrade” within such chains.

Editor(s): Jonathan Mitchell and Christopher Coles
Publisher(s): Earthscan, IDRC
ISBN: 9780415694124
Book cover Local Governance and ICTs in Africa: Case Studies and Guidelines for Implementation and Evaluation

With governance high on the agenda in Africa, many governments are using information and communications technologies (ICTs) to develop ways in which they deliver services to citizens.

Editor(s): Timothy Mwolo Waema and Edith Ofwona Adera
Publisher(s): Pambazuka Press, IDRC
ISBN: 9780857490322