Libraries are set to play a significant role at the upcoming ITU Regional Development Forum for Africa 2023, under the theme  “Digital transformation for a sustainable and equitable digital future: Accelerating the implementation of the SDGs in Africa.” This event is organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in collaboration with the Ministry of Innovation and Technology in Ethiopia, and it is scheduled to take place from October 3rd to 5th, 2023.

Representing the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) will be Damilare Oyedele, the Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Library Aid Africa, who also serves as a  member of the IFLA Sub-Saharan African Regional Division Committee.

The Regional Development Forum for Africa serves as a vital platform for libraries to actively engage with ITU member states, partners, and stakeholders. This engagement will facilitate constructive dialogues and allow for the prioritization of libraries in the execution of concrete, impactful projects, aligning with the priorities outlined in the Kigali Action Plan. As a result, this forum will further solidify the position of libraries as pivotal hubs for ensuring equitable internet access for all, ultimately contributing to the sustainable development goals in Africa.

Learn more about the ITU Regional Development Forum for Africa 2023 here