IFLA ILP: Project 4: Libraries as Agents for Development

IFLA ILP: Project 4: Libraries as Agents for Development


Libraries make an important contribution to development. Literacy, agriculture, civic participation, and health all benefit from equitable access to information and skilled information professionals. However, libraries are often overlooked in the development policy space as partners to deliver development objectives such as the MDGs or the WSIS Action lines. IFLA works at the international level through a number of established platforms including WSIS and the IGF, to encourage policymakers to include libraries in their development programmes as mechanisms for inclusion and access to information.

Since 2013, IFLA also works to promote the role of libraries and access to information in the post-2015 development agenda.

Reports and deliverables

Year 1 Project Report
Summary of work undertaken by the group between 2012-2013

Role of participants

  • To attend selected meetings and events: Business meetings involving some working in these areas held at IFLA WLICs, IGF (annual), other regional WSIS meetings ICTD and development-related conferences (e.g., Beyond Access)
  • To prepare meeting briefings and research briefs as directed
  • To present interventions at meetings in collaboration with mentors and working groups e.g conference papers
  • To report back on the work under this topic to the broader leadership group
  • Produce a research paper for publication/conference paper at the completion of the project on the role of libraries in development

Expected Outcomes for IFLA and participants:


  • Develop a deep knowledge of the role of libraries in achieving development outcomes including literacy, agriculture, civic participation, health
  • Enhance understanding of the role of libraries in the WSIS, ICTD, MDGs, IGF processes and other international fora
  • Gain experience in preparing research briefings and interventions


  • Enhanced understanding of the person profile and abilities needed to strengthen the relationship between libraries and development [ie, to understand how/where to find and develop advocates on these topics in the future]
  • Research on the role of libraries and development

LDP (Library Development Programme), Advocacy, Collaboration, IFLA International Leaders Programme, leadership, Development, ALP (Action for Development through Libraries Programme)

Last update: 5 December 2017