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 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 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?

Editor(s): Gordon Prain, Nancy Karanja, and Diana Lee-Smith
Publisher(s): Springer, CIP, IDRC
ISBN: 9781441969620
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 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

Publisher(s): Mayol Ediciones, IDRC
ISBN: Out of print
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 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.

Editor(s): Fiona Flintan and Shibru Tedla
Publisher(s): Fountain Publisher, OSSREA, IDRC
ISBN: 9789970250004
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