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 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.

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.

Publisher(s): Pambazuka Press, IDRC
ISBN: 9780857490322
Book cover Confronting Female Genital Mutilation: The Role of Youth and ICTs in Changing Africa

It is no longer possible, in Africa or elsewhere, to continue thinking about the excision issue in the same way as we did 25 years ago.

Author(s): Marie-Hélène Mottin-Sylla and Joëlle Palmieri
Publisher(s): Pambazuka Press, ENDA, IDRC
ISBN: 9780857490315
Book cover The Knowledge Translation Toolkit: Bridging the Know–Do Gap: A Resource for Researchers

The Knowledge Translation Toolkit provides a thorough overview of what knowledge translation (KT) is and how to use it most effectively to bridge the “know–do” gap between research, policy

Publisher(s): Sage India, IDRC
ISBN: 9788132105855
Book cover Managing Natural Resources for Development in Africa: A Resource Book

The complex and dynamic links between natural resource management (NRM) and development have long been recognized by national and international research and development organizations and have gener

Publisher(s): University of Nairobi Press, IIRR, IDRC
ISBN: 9789966792099
Book cover Greywater use in the Middle East: Technical, Social, Economic and Policy Issues

In water-scarce areas of the Middle East, greywater (household wastewater excluding toilet waste) is commonly used by poor communities to irrigate home gardens.

Publisher(s): Practical Action Publishing, CSBE, IDRC
ISBN: 9781853396984
book cover understanding Obstacles to Peace: Actors, Interests, and Strategies in Africa’s Great Lakes Region

This book describes and analyzes protracted conflicts in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. In doing so, it emphasizes obstacles to peace rather than root causes of conflict.

Publisher(s): Fountain Publishers, IDRC
ISBN: 9789970250363
Book cover Private Sector and Enterprise Development: Fostering Growth in the Middle East and North Africa

This important and well-researched book examines the challenges to private sector growth in 12 Middle East and North African countries, assessing comparative performance against a number of indicat

Author(s): Lois Stevenson
Publisher(s): Edward Elgar, IDRC
ISBN: 9781849802956
Book cover Los programas de transferencias condicionadas

This book examines how conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs can ease and promote the access to financial services among the most vulnerable populations of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Author(s): Jorge Higinio Maldonado, Rocío del Pilar Moreno, Isabel Giraldo Pérez, Camila Andrea Barrera Orjuela
Publisher(s): Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, IDRC
ISBN: 9789972513176
Book cover in_focus - Women and Land: Securing Rights for Better Lives

Land is an important source of security against poverty across the developing world, but, in many places, unequal rights to land put women at a disadvantage, perpetuates poverty, and entrenches gen

Author(s): Debbie Budlender, Eileen Alma
Publisher(s): IDRC
ISBN: 9781552505229