Flyer for side event at the UN African Regional Forum on Sustainable Development - Building Back Better with Africa's libraries

Even before COVID-19, the UN’s 2030 Agenda represented an ambitious set of priorities for the world. With the pandemic still ongoing, the need to accelerate efforts to deliver development is going to be stronger still, in Africa and globally.

Libraries have a huge potential to help here, by providing the meaningful access to information that enables people to create, innovate, take better decisions, and fulfil their rights.

This side event, held in the margins of the African Regional Forum for Sustainable Development, will bring together library representatives from across Africa to talk about the importance of information for development, the impact of COVID, and the practical steps that governments and others can take to realise the potential of libraries and information in supporting COVID response and recovery.

The session will take place on 25 February 2021, from 8am to 9:30am Brazzaville time (see what time this is for you)


Mr Bernard Akondzo, Director, National Library of the Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo

Ms Irene Onyancha, Chief, Knowledge Management Services Section, UNECA, Ethiopia

Mr Alim Garga, Director of the Library of the National Assembly, Cameroon

Ms Sarah Negumbo, Director, Namibia National Library and Archive Service, Namibia

Moderator: Mr Damilare Oyedele, Co-Founder, Library Aid Africa, Nigeria/Rwanda

You can join the session at the following link:

View the flyer for the event as a pdf.