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 Coastal Resource Management in the Wider Caribbean: Resilience, Adaptation, and Community Diversity

The Caribbean Sea is the second largest sea in the world, including more than 30 insular and continental countries with an approximate population of 35 million.

Editor(s): Yvan Breton, David Brown, Brian Davy, Milton Haughton, and Luis Ovares
Publisher(s): Ian Randle, IDRC
ISBN: Out of print
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
Book cover Wastewater Irrigation and Health: Assessing and Mitigating Risk in Low-income Countries

This book represents the best modern innovative thinking on the topic and symbolizes an important turning point in the history of wastewater use in irrigation as a major contributor to water and nu

Editor(s): Pay Drechsel, Christopher A. Scott, Liqa Raschid-Sally, Mark Redwood, and Akiça Bahri
Publisher(s): Earthscan, IWMI, IDRC
ISBN: 9781844077953
Book cover Redesigning the World Trade Organization for the Twenty-First Century

Rather than simply analyzing the current functioning of the WTO, its problems and challenges, this volume is also a call to action.

Editor(s): Debora P. Steger
Publisher(s): Wilfrid Laurier University Press, CIGI, IDRC
ISBN: 9781554581566
Book cover Market Dynamics and Productivity in Developing Countries: Economic Reforms in the Middle East and North Africa

Editor(s): Khalid Sekkat
Publisher(s): Springer, IDRC
ISBN: 9781441912084
Book cover Success Stories in Asian Aquaculture

The stories presented in Success Stories in Asian Aquaculture reflect the unique nature of Asian aquaculture, providing first-time insight into how and why it has become so successful.

Editor(s): Sena S. De Silva and F. Brian Davy
Publisher(s): Springer, NACA, IDRC
ISBN: 9789048130856
Book cover Democracy, Citizenship, and Youth: Towards Social and Political Participation in Brazil

What is the place of young people in today’s complex and rapidly changing world?

Editor(s): Itamar Silva and Anna Luiza Salles Souto
Publisher(s): I.B. Tauris, IDRC
ISBN: 9781848850484
Book cover Research and International Trade Policy Negotiations: Knowledge and Power in Latin America

Through the 1980s and 1990s, most countries of Latin America embarked upon a process of trade liberalization and economic internationalization.

Editor(s): Mercedes Botto
Publisher(s): Routledge, IDRC
ISBN: 9780415801911
Book cover Beyond Propietorship: Murphree’s Laws on Community-based Natural Resource Management in Southern Africa

Dr Marshall Murphree is a prominent scholar in the fields of common property theory, rural development, and natural resource management.

Editor(s): B.B. Mukamuri, J.M. Manjengwa, and S. Anstey
Publisher(s): Weaver Press, IDRC
ISBN: 9781779220721