Action for Development through Libraries Programme (ALP)

Building Better Library Communities

The IFLA Action for Development through Libraries Programme (IFLA ALP) works in collaboration with libraries, library associations, partner organisations and library professionals in developing and emerging countries to deliver relevant, sustainable activities for equitable access to information and better library communities.

IFLA ALP delivers community-led change through its training programmes, online learning activities and other opportunities, and access to IFLA’s international network. IFLA ALP is based on a platform of policies and standards developed and endorsed by IFLA at the international level, and local priorities at the grassroots level.

IFLA ALP works at three levels to provide:

  • Opportunity: to participate in the broader sector, to be represented
  • Empowerment: through capacity building for the development and sustainability of library communities, including associations, institutions and individuals
  • Expertise: Through IFLA’s professional programme (guidelines, standards), networking, events, advocacy for libraries in society and the knowledge society

ALP aims to strengthen the ability of the library and information sector to advocate for equitable access to information and resilient, sustainable library communities. We will achieve this through the following strands of IFLA ALP:

We evaluate the impact of our work and turn outcomes into policy, guidelines and standards for further development of the LIS sector (Advancing the Professional Agenda).

The ALP Programme was launched in 1984 at the IFLA Conference in Nairobi, Kenya.

ALP (Action for Development through Libraries Programme), Strategic Programmes, Development

Last update: 10 February 2016

Latest News

Libraries’ Role in Connecting the Next 1.5 Billion Recognised

Governments, international organisations, civil society representatives, development banks and industry have underlined their support for public access to the internet in libraries as a means of getting more people online.

25 April 2016

Libraries Can Help Connect the Next 4 Billion – IFLA Co-signs Letter to Finance Ministers

IFLA has co-signed a letter calling for universal, open, secure, and affordable broadband connectivity, with full protection of human rights. The letter to Finance Ministers, who are meeting today in Washington, urges them to offer support to public access facilities, such as libraries, which facilitate significant gains in connectivity and sustainable development. It also welcomes initiatives such as Global Connect, which aims to bring internet connectivity to 1.5 billion more people by 2020.

13 April 2016

BSLA regional workshop for Francophone Countries in Africa

As part of the IFLA Building Strong Library Associations programme (BSLA), the Association of Librarians, Archivist, Documentalists and Museum Curators of Cameroon (ABADCAM) organized a three day workshop from 2 – 4 December 2015 for leaders of library associations from across Francophone Africa.

24 March 2016