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 Seeds and Synergies: Innovating Rural Development in China

The many connections that “seeds” have or can lead to for improving rural livelihoods and quality of life are fascinating and worth in-depth examination.

Editor(s): Song Yiching and Ronnie Vernooy
Publisher(s): Practical Action Publishing, IDRC
ISBN: 9781853397059
Book cover Protección social en salud en América latina y el Caribe: Investigación y políticas

In recent decades the main social policy trends dominating the regional scene have been towards focalization, subsidies on demand, decentralization and privatization.

Editor(s): Amparo Hernández Bello and Carmen Rico de Sotelo
Publisher(s): Editorial Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, IDRC
ISBN: 9789587164213
Book cover Collaborative Learning in Practice: Examples from Natural Resource Management in Asia

Drawing on research and practical experiences from China, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, this book presents and analyzes novel approaches to collaborative learning and communities of practice.

Editor(s): Ronnie Vernooy
Publisher(s): Cambridge University Press India, IDRC
ISBN: 9788175967120
Book cover Distance Education Technologies in Asia

For observers elsewhere in the world, the most striking feature of distance education (DE) in Asia is the mega-universities and mega-schools that have added many millions to the global tally of dis

Editor(s): Jon Baggaley and Tian Belawati
Publisher(s): Sage, IDRC
ISBN: 9788132105619
Book cover Policy and Practice in Asian Distance Education

This book has been designed for the orientation and training of specialists in open and distance learning methods in Asia.

Editor(s): Tian Belawati and Jon Baggaley
Publisher(s): SAGE, IDRC
ISBN: 9788132105626
Book cover Innovation Strategies for a Global Economy: Development, Implementation, Measurement, and Management

This volume is the definitive primer on the measurement of innovation and the implementation of strategies for innovation. 
— Lynda D. Carlson, PhD

Publisher(s): Edward Elgar Publishing, IDRC
ISBN: 9781849800365
Book cover Democracy in the Arab World: Explaining the Deficit

Editor(s): Ibrahim Elbadawi and Samir Makdisi
Publisher(s): Routledge, IDRC
ISBN: 9780415779999
Book cover Innovation and the Development Agenda

Innovation drives long-term economic growth. It has a crucial role to play as global economies recover from the current financial crisis.

Editor(s): Erika Kraemer-Mbula and Watu Wamae
Publisher(s): OECD, IDRC
ISBN: 9789264088917

Africa’s diamond wars took four million lives. They destroyed the lives of millions more and they crippled the economies of Angola, the Congo, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

Publisher(s): Anthem Press, IDRC
ISBN: 9780857289636
Book cover Economic Liberalization and Political Violence: Utopia or Dystopia?

Essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand conflict and development in the 21st century.
James Putzel, Crisis States Research Centre, London School of Economics

Editor(s): Francisco Gutiérrez and Gerd Schönwälder
Publisher(s): Pluto Press, IDRC
ISBN: 9780745330631