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Beyond Access Explains the Post 2015 Development Agenda

Through the Beyond Access initiative, IREX partnered with IFLA and other organizations, including CIVICUS, Article 19,...

How Public Libraries Can Support Community Literacy

I recently had the fortune to participate in a UNESCO meeting on mobile literacy solutions for out-of-school children in Thailand. With a large population of migrants in some of the most difficult-to-reach parts of the country, many children risk missing out on school. Thailand’s official commitment to ensuring access to education for all is impressive —...

GPSLib: The Beginnings

Following its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, the Georgian public library system underwent a series of massive changes. The system formerly operated based on the centrally-governed Soviet model, wherein Moscow pre-approved library collections and provided resources. When this model was disrupted, Georgian public libraries often became neglected and underfunded. Throughout the 1990s and...

Libraries and Local Governments: A Key Alliance

Libraries have become an essential part of urban and rural communities around the world. They are quintessential places of access to information, community development, and social inclusion. Patrons in every country embrace libraries as part of their daily lives — as spaces of learning, growth, and a source of pride for their communities. And that’s...

Why Public Access and Libraries are Still Relevant in the Era of Mobiles

Even with the ongoing mobile revolution, people still need spaces where they can access computers and...

Bigger, Better Data and Resilience: Part 2

This is a guest post from Beyond Access Friend Linda Raftree. It was originally published on her blog, “Wait…What?” and it’s the second in a series of posts from Linda about data and international development. Read part one to get caught up. The series stems from discussion at the February 2014 NYC Technology Salon on...

Video: Why Internet Access is Key to Improving Agriculture in Uganda

Over 87% of Uganda’s 36 million people live in rural areas and are involved in farming, according to the World Bank. Without access to information about modern farming methods and equipment, many struggle to make a living. Public libraries serve as critical information and information and communication technology (ICT) access points for people in their...

Libraries as Champions of the Data Revolution

The “Data Revolution” is emerging as a trending topic among development practitioners. Some say data will solve the most pressing development issues. But making the data revolution a reality requires that information and data be available to all people, civil organizations, and government representatives. But this seems to be a limited — and limiting —...

Mind the Gap: Linking People and Social Services

A recent update from the World Bank on the Philippine economy notes that the country’s poverty...

Bigger, Better Data and Resilience: What’s the Link?

This is a guest post from Beyond Access Friend Linda Raftree. It was originally published on her blog, “Wait…What?” and is the first in a series of posts from Linda about data and international development. The NYC Technology Salon on February 28th examined the connection between bigger, better data and resilience. We held morning and...

International Women’s Day: Our Favorite Ideas for 2014

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we’re rounding up our favorite ideas, resources, and blog posts on...

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