The IFLA Sub-Saharan African Regional Division Committee (IFLA SSA RDC) is delivering a design-thinking workshop to emerging library, information and knowledge management professionals on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Voluntary National Review (VNR) Process. This training is organised as a pre-conference workshop in the context of the 4th African Youth Sustainable Development Goals Summit, taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Opening remarks by Mr. Antono Pedro, Deputy Executive Secretary of UNECA

Facilitator: Damilare Oyedele

Other speakers – contributors: Irene Onyancha, Chief of Knowledge, Management Services


At the age of 19, Damilare Oyedele started to mobilize his friends as volunteers to work towards community library projects. He commenced by publishing articles in Nigerian daily newspapers about the importance of libraries in our society. This initiative later grew into a not-for-profit organization called Library Aid Africa which he now heads as the Co-Founder & Chief Executive. For the past 4 years, he and his team have focused on advocacy and support for the resuscitation of libraries in schools and communities – leveraging digital technology and citizen engagement approaches to drive projects and policy reforms for libraries in over 10 African countries. More so, he serves on Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Committee of The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), where he leads on Global Advocacy Priorities. Currently, he is a MasterCard Foundation Scholar at The African Leadership University, studying Global Challenges, with a research focus on library policy and legislation in sub-Saharan Africa. Learn more and reach out to Damilare: Twitter & Instagram: @damoyedele