31 August 2017

Second invitation to submit funding proposals for the International Advocacy Programme (IAP)

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The International Advocacy Programme (IAP) is an IFLA capacity-building programme launched in the last quarter of 2016. It is designed to promote and support the role libraries can play in the planning and implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The objectives of the IAP are:

  • Raise the level of awareness on the SDGs for library workers at community, national and regional levels, and to promote the important role libraries can play in development by contributing to the UN 2030 Agenda and the SDGs; 
  • Increase the participation of library associations and public library representatives in advocacy work at national and regional levels to secure sustainable public access to information through library services and programmes.

The programme aims to support the world library community to ensure libraries are recognised at a national and regional level as key partners for governments in contributing to progress towards the achievement of the 17 goals, and that libraries are included in National Development Plans. 

Second Call for Funding Proposals

As part of the IAP, IFLA is launching this second call for proposals to request funding to implement regional or national awareness-raising and capacity building activities in 2017 and 2018. 

The activities planned should highlight, and help in gathering evidence, to show how libraries contribute to the UN 2030 Agenda and why governments should recognize libraries as partners to achieve the 17 SDGs. 

These activities involve, for example:

  • Bringing together a smaller number of associations in the region to form alliances or partnerships in pursuit of SDG advocacy;
  • Development of materials and events e.g. in conjunction with conferences and in-country meetings to support awareness-raising around the UN 2030 Agenda;
  • Awareness raising and capacity building workshops for relevant stakeholders that focus on implementing the UN 2030 Agenda at the regional level as well as specific country issues and positions;
  • Workshops to assist librarians to develop the skills of collecting data and stories to show how libraries are contributing to the UN SDGs;
  • Assistance workshops facilitated by experts on different issues in the SDGs who can provide advice or research relating to advocacy, or support meetings with policymakers.

For countries who have participated in the IAP Regional Workshops, the proposal should go beyond the awareness-raising and advocacy activities that they have committed to plan and implement as part of their agreements signed with IFLA. 

Who is eligible to apply?

  • IFLA invites all countries to apply.
  • Proposals including countries that haven’t participated in the IAP Regional Workshops will be given preference.
  • Applications submitted by library associations, national libraries, and public libraries sector representatives will be given preference. 
  • Activities that work across countries or a region are encouraged. If planning to collaborate with other countries, associations or institutions, the one that attended the IFLA IAP Regional Workshops should be the lead applicant. 

How much funding will be offered?

Funding will be allocated according to project requirements and ensuring that all regions are supported. Please note that the allocated money will be in direct relation to the activities proposed. Proposals need to include a detailed and realistic budget to be considered. 


  • Small project: 2-day workshop within one country (projects including countries not yet participating in the IAP will have preference) on awareness-raising for librarians, combined with a national meeting or congress day. Funding approximately up to €5000.
  • Medium project: several 2-day workshops organized in a large country (projects including countries not yet participating in the IAP will have preference) preferably connected to regional meetings or congress. Funding approximately between €5000-€9000.
  • Large project: several countries (projects including at least one country not yet participating in the IAP will have preference) working together in a 2-day workshop. The costs could be high because of travelling and accommodations, funding up to approximately €12,000. 

What type of expenses won’t be funded by the IAP?

When requesting funding, it is important to note that IFLA does not support activities to purchase equipment, pay for scholarships, staff payments or in-service training. Reasonable trainer and participant expenses (flights and accommodation) are permitted in the budget.

What are the deadlines?

  • 31 August 2017 – Invitation to submit proposals 
  • 1 October 2017 – Deadline for sending the proposals to IFLA
  • 15 November 2017 – Successful applicants will be notified by IFLA
  • 1 December 2017 to 31 July 2018 – Activities will be conducted by successful applicants 
  • Applicants will be expected to submit a final evaluation report within one month of the conclusion of their proposed activities but ultimately by 1 September 2018. 

How will this be evaluated?

Successful applicants will be required to submit a report by 1 September 2018 to IFLA including a detail of the activities carried out, and an evaluation of the results in terms of awareness-raising and/or capacity-building achieved.

What does my application need to have to be considered?

The application should include:

  • The need, specific goals and expected outcomes of the activity
  • Outline of the activity
  • Capacity to carry out the activity (including logistics, materials, translations, etc.)
  • Support for the activity from relevant associations or institutions
  • Outline of how the national or regional library community will be invited to participate, and plans for further actions
  • How the activity will be promoted
  • A detailed budget
  • How the impact of the project will be evaluated
  • Applicant information: (name, position and role in the project e.g. project coordinator)


How do I submit my application?

Applications should be submitted via email to IFLA Headquarters as an attachment (MS Word file, not PDF) addressed to Ingrid Bon (ingrid.bon@ifla.org)

Where can I find more information about IAP?

More information is available at IFLA's Libraries, Development and the United Nations 2030 Agenda website.

Who may I ask if I have any questions?

Please contact Ingrid Bon, IFLA Manager Development Programmes: ingrid.bon@ifla.org

Access to information, Advocacy, Development, Libraries for development, UN SDGs, UN 2030 Agenda, IAP

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