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.
ALP Scope and Objectives
ALP is the primary vehicle for delivering training based on policy and guidelines developed by IFLA’s core activities or sections. The focus for ALP projects is professional priorities for the development of the library and information profession, that are linked to IFLA’s strategic priorities.
There is a preference for projects based on IFLA’s training packages and that build sustainability and capability in local library communities in developing countries or emerging economies around the world. IFLA’s training packages are customisable, flexible in content and delivery, and adaptable to meet the needs of different projects, and countries.
ALP collaborates closely with IFLA’s other Core Activities, particularly FAIFE, CLM and PAC, the sections, and regional offices and language centres to utilise the expertise and resources held in these units. It also works with IFLA members, such as national associations, as partners.
ALP places an emphasis on evaluating and reporting on projects, and utilises an impact assessment framework and other approaches to evaluate the difference ALP funded projects make in library communities.
The ALP Programme was launched in 1984 at the IFLA Conference in Nairobi, Kenya.
Last update: 21 September 2012