Ushering in an Era of Affordable Internet Access in Nigeria

In Nigeria, fixed broadband costs about 39 percent of average monthly income. And mobile data isn’t much cheaper — a prepaid mobile broadband user subsisting on $2 per day who wanted to use 1GB of data per month would have to spend 22 percent of their monthly income to do so. The Alliance for Affordable...

New Survey Reveals Promise of Myanmar’s Libraries in Transition

The first-ever survey of libraries and public information needs in Myanmar (formerly Burma) has found that the country’s village libraries are having an impact on the lives of citizens, despite the cumulative effects of years of censorship and resource constraints. While few village libraries had ideal facilities or public-access internet, the government has begun equipping...

Join the Online Conversation: Beyond Access 2013 Africa

Throughout Africa, public libraries are promoting social and economic development in their communities through financial literacy...

Beyond Access 2013: Asia

Last week, Beyond Access Member teams representing twelve countries in Asia and Europe gathered in Indonesia to share their successes, challenges, and visions about the role of modern libraries in their communities. Participants came from vastly different countries in terms of culture, level of development, and political environment. Yet they shared many of the same...

Join the Online Conversation with Beyond Access 2013: Asia

ICT training for women, financial literacy workshops, health classes, programs for child development — these are...

Is Our Approach to ICTD via Libraries Wrong?

In 2007, a group of researchers — with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Canada’s International Development Research Centre — launched an ambitious and innovative investigation into the impact of public access to information and communication technologies. “Public access” in non-geek speak means places that everyday folks can go to use computers...

New Partnership to Lay Out Vision for Libraries in Myanmar

Since Beyond Access hosted a Salon on library-driven development in Myanmar earlier this year, interest in...

New Partnership on Economic Opportunity in the Philippines

Beyond Access is pleased to announce a new partnership with the City Government of Davao, Philippines and the Davao City Library. We are proud to support the City Government in its efforts to transform its libraries into centers for economic opportunity. After attending the Beyond Access 2012 conference, the Davao City Library hosted a series...

Beyond Access at IFLA WLIC in Singapore

When the world’s librarians gather in Singapore at IFLA’s World Library and Information Congress in August, Beyond Access will be there to share and learn the latest on how public libraries are contributing to development goals. How are libraries helping make governments more transparent? How are they bringing women into political discussions? How are they...

Open Government in Eastern Europe: EIFL-PLIP Awards

EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) recently announced the winners of its fourth Innovation Award, which recognizes library services that contribute to open government and e-government services. In Lithuania, Šiauliai County ‘Povilas Visinkis’ Public Library implemented an e-government training program that is creating dialogue between citizens and officials. Public Law Library ‘B. P. Hasdeu’ Municipal Library in...

READ Global Wins Major Prize

Beyond Access Partner READ Global recently won the $100,000 Lipman Family Prize of the Wharton School...

Beyond Access in Granada and Kuala Lumpur

Through the Beyond Access Outreach Fund, Beyond Access Members receive support to attend conferences and events around the world where they can share ideas about the potential of libraries to power development. This week, three Beyond Access Members will participate in a forum on telecenters, and a fourth Member will participate in a major conference...

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