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 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

Publisher(s): Pluto Press, IDRC
ISBN: 9780745330631
Book cover Child Welfare in Developing Countries

What factors affect child welfare? How can policy improve child welfare? In developing countries, there has been relatively little empirical work on the analysis and measurement of child poverty.

Publisher(s): Springer, PEP, IDRC
ISBN: 9781441963376
Book cover Zimbabwe's Exodus: Crisis, Migration, Survival

A rounded and compelling picture of the great exodus and, behind the turmoil of exile and return, we can glimpse the extraordinary people behind the statistics.

Publisher(s): Southern African Migration Programme, IDRC
ISBN: 9781920409227
Book cover Libéralisation commerciale et pauvreté en Afrique

While the chief argument for trade liberalization is that it leads to improved living standards and well-being, its advocates also acknowledge that there are winners and losers.

Publisher(s): Les Presses de l'Université Laval, IDRC
ISBN: 9782763788531
Book cover African Languages in a Digital Age: Challenges and Opportunities for Indigenous Language Computing

With increasing numbers of computers and penetration of the Internet around the world, localization of the technology and the content it carries into the many languages people speak is becoming an

Author(s): Don Osborn
Publisher(s): HSRC Press, IDRC
ISBN: 9780796922496
Book cover Primary Healthcare Spending: Striving for Equity under Fiscal Federalism

Author(s): Okore Apia Okorafor
Publisher(s): UCT Press, IDRC
ISBN: 9781919895215
Book cover African Urban Harvest: Agriculture in the Cities of Cameroon, Kenya and Uganda

Over the past two decades, how has urban agriculture changed in sub-Saharan Africa? Is city farming now better integrated into environmental management and city governance?

Publisher(s): Springer, CIP, IDRC
ISBN: 9781441969620
Book cover Natural Resource Management: The Impact of Gender and Social Issues

This book reveals how innovation in natural resource management can contribute to rural poverty reduction.

Publisher(s): Fountain Publisher, OSSREA, IDRC
ISBN: 9789970250004
Book cover Luces y sombras de la reforma de la salud en Colombia: Ley 100 de 1993

Increased insurance coverage, lower out-of-pocket expenses, greater access to a first consultation among the insured population, and the highest number of check-up consultations are important achie

Author(s): Francisco J. Yepes, Manuel Ramírez, Luz Helena Sánchez, Marta Lucía Ramírez, and Iván Jaramillo
Publisher(s): Mayol Ediciones, IDRC
ISBN: Out of print