IFLA launched the Development and Access to Information (DA2I) report

On 17 July, 2017, in the context of the United Nations High Level Political Forum (UN HLPF), IFLA celebrated the role of libraries in delivering access to information at the global level, by launching the first Development and Access to Information (DA2I) Report.

The DA2I initiative underlines: (1) the importance of collaboration between libraries to build a global knowledge society; (2) the invaluable contribution that information access, particularly through libraries, makes to promoting more socially and economically inclusive societies. 

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  • "No Truly Sustainable Development Without Access to Information, and No Meaningful, Inclusive Access Without Libraries ...
  • Why it is crucial for governments to invest in libraries, and give them the laws they need, if they are to leverage them as invaluable partners in development? ...
  • Libraries, supported by policies, can advance the SDGs. The achievement of the SDGs can only be advanced by Access”,  -  the DA2I side event “2030 Vision: How Libraries Support the UN’s Work on Sustainable Development”, 13 July, 2017. 

# From Evidence to Action: Raising the Visibility of Libraries in the UN 2030 Agenda

The Development and Access to Information (DA2I)  report - - launched during the UN HLPF*, on 17 July 2017 - - is a project of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), in partnership with the Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington Information School

* The United Nations High Level Political Forum (UN HLPF) is designed for UN member states, intergovernmental organizations, funders, civil society, other stakeholders working in development, and the library community itself 

# The DA2I report : context

DA2I : more Visibility of Libraries within the context of the United Nations 2030 Agenda

DAI2I is going to:

  • to be a starting point for library associations to generate conversations around the contribution of libraries to development;
  • provide a tool for libraries to engage access to information campaigners and organizations;
  • demonstrate how access to information and libraries contributes to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
  • monitor the progress countries are making towards fulfilling their commitment to promote meaningful access to information as part of the SDGs.

DA2I is an ambitious endeavour that offers inspiration as well as a roadmap for changing and transforming communities through libraries.


You can learn more about the DA2I report on the dedicated website (https://da2i.ifla.org/), as well as register to receive a notification when the report has been launched and it is ready for download!

Learn more about the work of IFLA in Libraries, Development and the United Nations 2030 Agenda: www.ifla.org/libraries-development.

Follow IFLA’s events and activities during the UN HLPF in New York (10- 19 July, 2017) in Twitter @IFLA and @IFLA_Lib4Dev, and Facebook.

Help IFLA showing the importance of access to information and libraries in development by using the #DA2I and #Lib4Dev hashtags in relation to #HLPF and #GlobalGoals.

# Take Action .. Now ! So that libraries have a say ! 

Everyone in the library community and beyond can help promote the role of libraries as supporters of development.

While the SDGs are universal goals, each country will be responsible for developing and implementing national strategies to achieve them, and will be expected to track and report its own progress toward each target. As these plans are developed, the library community will have a clear opportunity to communicate to their government leaders how libraries serve as cost-effective partners for advancing their development priorities.

How to get involved?...


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