IIRR has produced more than 70 publications over the last 15 years. They are copyright-free and are in the public domain. The real authors are the many partners who contribute to the writing of the text through their participation in writeshops.
The writeshop is an intensive, participatory workshop that aims to produce written output, whether it is a set of extension brochures, a book, a set of leaflets or a training manual. Participants may include scientists, researchers, government personnel, teachers, NGO staff, extension agents, farmers and other local people; anyone who has, in one way or another, been involved in the experiences to be documented. A team of facilitators, editors, layout designers and artists assist in “co-authoring” and laying out the publication over a period of one to two weeks. This approach allows for in-depth discussion by a diverse array of experts. The peer reviews are intensive, thus ensuring credibility.
The efficacy of, and increasing demand for these publications has become a symbol of quality for IIRR. Many documentation projects now go beyond the production of a publication to include activities that benefit communities, such as training in or application of the best practices document. Some organizations that IIRR has worked with have adapted the technique for their own purposes. These publications continue to be invaluable assets for development professionals, extension workers, researchers, community leaders, students and other IIRR partners across the globe.
A large selection of IIRR titles are available online for free use by the public. If you are interested in a particular book, look under the IIRR Bookstore tab for free, online versions of our publications.