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.


Cover of Digital Economies at Global Margins

More than one billion people over the last five years have become new Internet users.

Editor(s): Mark Graham
Publisher(s): MIT Press, IDRC
ISBN: 9780262535892
Cover of Feminist Advocacy, Family Law and Violence Against Women: International Perspectives

Around the world, discriminatory legislation prevents women from accessing their human rights.

Editor(s): Mahnaz Afkhami, Yakın Ertürk, and Ann Elizabeth Mayer
Publisher(s): Routledge, IDRC
ISBN: 9781138344938
Book Cover: Shadow Libraries

Examining the new ecosystems of access that are emerging in middle- and low-income countries as opportunities for higher education expand but funding for materials shrinks.

Editor(s): Joe Karaganis
Publisher(s): MIT Press, IDRC
ISBN: 9780262535014
Book cover: Social Theories of Urban Violence in the Global South

While cities often act as the engines of economic growth for developing countries, they are also frequently the site of growing violence, poverty, and inequality.

Editor(s): Jennifer Erin Salahub, Markus Gottsbacher, and John de Boer
Publisher(s): Routledge, IDRC
ISBN: 9780815368397
Book Cover: Adoption and Impact of OER in the Global South

Education in the Global South faces several key interrelated challenges for which open educational resources (OER) are seen to be part of the solution.

Editor(s): Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams and Patricia B. Arinto
Publisher(s): African Minds, University of Cape Town (ROER4D), IDRC
ISBN: 9781928331483
Book Cover of in_focus - Healthy Lives for Vulnerable Women and Children

Tremendous challenges remain to ensure that the most vulnerable populations, including women, children, and adolescents, are able to enjoy the healthy lives and well-being promised in the Sustainab

Publisher(s): IDRC
ISBN: 9781552506011
Book cover: Entre el activismo y la intervención

This book brings together the experiences and lessons learned from five civil society organizations (CSOs) whose work is related to the health of indigenous women in Mexico.

Editor(s): Clara Juárez Ramírez, Felipe J. Hevia de la Jara, Ana E. López Ricoy and Laura G. Freyermuth Joffre
Publisher(s): Alternativas y Capacidades A.C., Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social, IDRC
ISBN: 9786079586836
Revitalizing Health for All Book Cover

The concept of Comprehensive Primary Health Care (CPHC) focuses on health system efforts to improve equity in healthcare access, community empowerment, participation of marginalized groups, and act

Editor(s): Ronald Labonté, David Saunders, Corinne Packer, and Nikki Schaay
Publisher(s): University of Toronto Press, IDRC
ISBN: 9781487521622
Book Cover: Putting knowledge to work

Dramatic changes in the ecosystem for international development are now pressing civil society organizations (CSOs) to invest more in knowledge to remain significant players.

Editor(s): Luc J.A. Mougeot
Publisher(s): Practical Action Publishing, IDRC
ISBN: 9781780449586
Book cover: Transforming Gender and Food Security in the Global South

Drawing on studies from Africa, Asia, and South America, this book provides empirical evidence and conceptual explorations of the gendered dimensions of food security.

Editor(s): Jemimah Njuki, John R. Parkins, and Amy Kaler
Publisher(s): Routledge, IDRC
ISBN: 9781138680418