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 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
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.

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

Editor(s): Gavin Bennett and Nasreen Jessani
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

Editor(s): Washington Ochola, Pascal Sanginga, and Isaac Bekalo
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.

Editor(s): Stephen McIlwaine and Mark Redwood
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.

Editor(s): Mwesiga Baregu
Publisher(s): Fountain Publishers, IDRC
ISBN: 9789970250363