10 Ways to Empower Women

This International Women’s Day, we’re thinking about ways to support women around the world as they...

How Entrepreneurship Training Reaches Women Who Need It

The energy was palpable as 10 women crowded around the five computers recently installed in the...

The Importance of Space: An Example from South Africa

Think about any shop you’ve been into lately. The successful ones allow you to maneuver easily...

Sustainability and Community Development in Colombia

For 12 years, the Mariamulata Lectora Library in Colombia has been providing its patrons with a...

Myanmar’s Librarians Get a Fresh Start

Beyond Access was recently back in Myanmar (formerly Burma) to help out with the first workshop on modern librarianship and community development, a regional library development forum, and participate in the launch of a study we helped develop on the state of village libraries and information needs. In fact, we didn’t need to help much —...

Why Some Technology for Development Projects Fail

Like many technology-based projects before it, a telecenter in the Gambia recently had to shut down — though all the ideas, and even the tech, were apparently well suited to the community and to the project’s goals. But the failure of the NICE telecenter gives us a chance to look at what went wrong and...

Expanding Affordable Internet Access in Africa

The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) recently hosted an event in Accra, Ghana focused on driving...

Zambian Library Aims to Become Literacy Tech Hub

Under a grant from USAID, the Lubuto Library Project has set out to create lesson plans in Zambia’s seven national languages. The project aims to demonstrate that libraries can be a hub for both literacy learning and technology innovation in the field. Yesterday, the Mobiles for Education Alliance hosted a Twitter chat about the project....

Information Access, Civil Society, and Post-2015

In December, the Beyond Access Team attended the meetings of the Open Working Group at the...

3 Ways Libraries Can Help People with Autism

All over the world — and especially in developing countries — mental disorders like Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) aren’t sufficiently researched or addressed. Especially in rural areas, many people don’t have regular access to medical personnel. However, it has become evident that autism affects people around the world, without regard to geography or socio-economic status....

How Romanian Libraries Promote Sustainable Agriculture

Agriculture is one of the most important economic industries in Romania — about 6% of the...

A Few of My Favorite Things

It’s the time of year when people pause, reflect about the past year, and make an...

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