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: 8 June 2015

Latest News

Call for examples: Libraries and the UN 2030 Agenda

By early October 2015, IFLA will develop a booklet about the role of libraries and the 2030 Agenda. We are calling for examples to include in this booklet which demonstrate the contribution libraries make across the Sustainable Development Goals.

26 August 2015

Sessions at IFLA Congress in Cape Town to focus on the post-2015 development agenda (2030 Agenda)

On 2 August 2015, just in time for the IFLA Congress in Cape Town, the United Nations completed negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, now entitled the 2030 Agenda. At two special sessions on 17 August the team leading IFLA’s engagement in the process over the past two years will provide delegates with all the information you need to know about the 2030 Agenda and the next steps for advocacy and implementation in your country.

5 August 2015

BSLA project report "ULIA strategic planning and leadership workshop” Uganda Library and Information Association (ULIA)

Following regional convenings in 2014, IFLA ALP is supporting a number of small projects under the framework of the Building Strong Library Associations programme (BSLA), demonstrating the flexibility of the programme in supporting a range of project sizes and needs.

18 February 2015