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.


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
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.

Editor(s): John Cockburn and Jane Kabubo-Mariara
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.

Editor(s): Jonathan Crush and Daniel Tevera
Publisher(s): Southern African Migration Programme, IDRC
ISBN: 9781920409227
Book cover Taxation and Gender Equity: A Comparative Analysis of Direct and Indirect Taxes in Developing and Developed Countries

Editor(s): Caren Grown and Imraan Valodia
Publisher(s): Routledge, IDRC
ISBN: 9780415568227
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.

Editor(s): John Cockburn, Bernard Decaluwé, and Ismaël Fofana
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

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

Publisher(s): UCT Press, IDRC
ISBN: 9781919895215
Book cover in_focus - Valuing the Environment: Economics for a Sustainable Future

A vast number of people in developing countries depend on the natural environment for their livelihoods — on farmland or forests, wetlands or coastal areas.

Publisher(s): IDRC
ISBN: 9781552504765
Book cover Access to Knowledge in Africa: The Role of Copyright

Even those who consider themselves experts on IP will benefit immensely from this book and the broader ACA2K project’s work. 
— Sisule Musungu, President of IQsensato, Geneva

Editor(s): C. Armstrong, J. de Beer, D. Kawooya, A. Prabhala, and T. Schonwetter
Publisher(s): UCT Press, IDRC
ISBN: 9781919895451