Development in the 21st century demands access to information
Across Africa, libraries are transforming themselves to serve as platforms for development. To further this, on 19 September, the first-ever continent-wide convening of public library leaders and policymakers met under the theme of "Informing Africa, Developing Africa." Over the course of three days, delegates engaged with each other to discuss the opportunities for creating successful, 21st century libraries that contribute to the development priorities of African communities, countries and continent.
The rural farmer needs to connect with new markets to sell his crops. The start-up entrepreneur needs capital to launch her business. The community health worker needs up-to-date research to care for her patients. What they all have in common is a need for information. Today's public library combines a trusted, local institution with information access that is critical to powering economic opportunity and community development.
You will find materials and photos from the African Public Libraries here!