Development and Access to Information (DA2I) Report 2019

Access to information is an accelerator of development, and libraries make this a reality for all. The 2019 Development and Access to Information Report, to be presented on 23 May 2019 in Buenos Aires, will offer new data, examples and arguments for placing libraries at the heart of national development strategies.

The DA2I Report 2019 will be available for download on 23 May

In twenty targets under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), there is recognition of the importance of access to information, and the skills and attitudes to make use of it.

The Development and Access to Information (DA2I) Report, produced by IFLA in partnership with the Technology and Social Change Group at the University of Washington, brings together data and perspectives from across the range of policy areas that fall under the SDGs.

In doing this, the report provides an overview of global trends in the key pillars of meaningful access – physical connectivity to the internet, skills, social and cultural factors, and legal barriers. It also offers views from external experts on the role of access in development in different areas, and of course evidence about the contribution of libraries. 

Two years after the launch of the first report, the second DA2I report will be formally launched on 22 May at the Forum of Ministers and Secretaries of Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean and presented at the IFLA President’s Meeting 2019 on May 23.

Today we are happy to launch the new DA2I Report website, and are looking forward to sharing updated data, showing the progress the world is making towards access, and the work of libraries to deliver this. We will also be sharing insights into the contribution of access in achieving SDG 4 (education), SDG 8 (employment and growth), SDG 10 (reducing inequalities), SDG 13 (climate action), and SDG 16 (good governance).  

For full details, visit the updated DA2I website