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 Global Innovation in Emerging Economies

In recent decades, there have been significant changes in the way corporate innovation is performed.

Author(s): Prasada Reddy
Publisher(s): Routledge, IDRC
ISBN: 9780415879668
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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Author(s): Ian Smillie
Publisher(s): Anthem Press, IDRC
ISBN: 9780857289636