In August 2017, IFLA launched a worldwide second call for proposals to request funding for the implementation of regional or national awareness-raising and capacity building activities for 2017-2018, as part of the International Advocacy Programme (IAP).

Once again, a great number of proposals were received: 75 from all regions in the world. This continues to show the great commitment of the library and information community to ensure libraries are involved in the United Nations 2030 Agenda planning and implementation at the local, regional and global level.

All proposals were carefully analysed by the IFLA Library Development Advisory Committee, with the support of IFLA’s Manager Development Programmes.

Preference was given to (regional) proposals from library associations, national libraries, and the public library sector. Proposals leading to the next level in awareness raising and capacity building also were well received.

The 14 funding proposals selected aim to continue showing libraries’ contribution to the UN 2030 Agenda, and to advocate for libraries to be recognised as government partners to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by their inclusion in National Development Plans.

A regional distribution of the selected proposals is as follows:


  • Awareness Creation, Advocacy and relevant Data Collection Strategies for UN 2030 Agenda for librarians in Portuguese speaking Africa. Applicant: African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA).
  • Workshop for Top Officials of National Library Associations from Sub-Saharan Africa. Applicant: Uganda Library & Information Association (ULIA).
  • The 2030 Arab Librarians: Online program towards the road to the SDGs. Applicant: Arab Federation for Libraries & Information (AFLI).


  • Destination 2030: Harnessing Information for National Development. Applicant: Library and Information Association of Jamaica (LIAJA).
  • Capacitación a los bibliotecarios de las bibliotecas públicas y comunitarias del Uruguay en el desarrollo de habilidades para la recolección de datos e historias que muestren cómo las bibliotecas están contribuyendo al logro de los ODS de la Agenda 2030 de las Naciones Unidas. Implementación de un portal IDE, Infraestructura de Datos Especiales, que posibilitará la tarea. Applicant: Asociación de Bibliotecólogos del Uruguay (ABU).
  • ODS formando líderes regionales: Agenda 2030 y Bibliotecas en Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador y Paraguay. Applicant: Colegio de Bibliotecarios de Chile A.G.(CBC).
  • Libraries and the UN 2030 Agenda: workshops across three regions in Mexico. Applicant: Colegio Nacional de Bibliotecarios de Mexico (CNB).


  • Policy Boot Camp for Key Decision Makers of the Central and State Government to transform libraries into new age knowledge institutions to deliver on SDGs. Applicant: Indian Public Library Movement (IPLM).
  • Pacific Libraries Summit and SDG Advocacy Workshop. Applicant: Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA).
  • Developing Librarians Advocacy Skills in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Applicant: Hong Kong Library Association (HKLA).


  • Libraries and the UN 2030 Agenda. How Russian Libraries can further development?. Applicant: Russian Library Association (RLA).
  • Unlocking the potential of Libraries in South-East Europe through Regional Cooperation and Sustainable Development. Applicant: Serbian Library Association (SLA).
  • Agenda for Sustainable Development: A Recipe from Libraries. Applicants: Librarians’ Association from Republic of Moldova (LAM) and National Association of Public Libraries and Librarians of Romania (NAPLLR).
  • Portuguese Libraries for Development and the UN 2030 Agenda. Applicant: Portuguese Association of Librarians, Archivists and Documentalists (B.A.D.).

IFLA congratulates the applicants of the selected projects, and thanks all applicants for submitting many relevant and innovative proposals.

We encourage the whole library community to continue raising awareness and advocating for the recognition of libraries’ contribution to the SDGs. There are many ways to take action!

About the International Advocacy Programme (IAP)

The IFLA IAP is a capacity-building programme designed to promote and support the role libraries can play in the planning and implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Through the IAP, IFLA aims to establish an engaged community of advocates who will clearly articulate the significant opportunities to increase the profile and highlight the positive impact of library and information professionals in the achievement of the SDGs.