The International Advocacy Programme (IAP)

Libraries, Development and the United Nations 2030 Agenda

The IFLA International Advocacy Programme (IAP) is a new capacity-building programme designed to promote and support the role libraries can play in the planning and implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.


  • Raise the level of awareness on the SDGs of library workers at community, national and regional levels, and to promote the important role libraries can play in development by contributing to the UN 2030 Agenda and the SDGs;
  • Increase the participation of library associations and public library representatives in advocacy work at national and regional levels to secure sustainable public access to information through library services and programmes.

In the context of the IAP, ‘advocacy’ involves “the actions individuals or organizations undertake to influence decision-making at the local, regional, state, national, and international levels that help create a desired policy or funding change in support of public libraries” (Global Libraries Advocacy Guide (2011), p.2).

The programme is organized in the following main phases:

Awareness-raising and advocacy plan development

IFLA delivers regional workshops to raise awareness of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs, and help participants develop a proposal to undertake advocacy activities around the SDGs at national and regional levels to get libraries included in the National Development Plans.

IAP Regional Workshops

Follow-up actions by participating countries 

Before the workshop, participants sign an agreement with IFLA to carry out awareness-raising activities and to meet with policy makers to ensure libraries are recognised as key partners in supporting the United Nations 2030 Agenda. IFLA monitors progress and supports participants to achieve their commitments, and helps communicate widely their activities and progress with the community.

Participating countries:

73 countries are currently participating in the IAP:

  • Africa (Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, RD of Congo, South Africa, Swaziland, Tunisia, Uganda, Zimbabwe)
  • Asia Oceania (Australia, Bahrain, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Lao PDR, Lebanon, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Qatar, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam)
  • Europe (Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Netherland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland)
  • Latin America and the Caribbean (Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Perú, Puerto Rico -United States-, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay)

Call for Funding Proposals

IFLA launches a call for funding proposals to carry out awareness-raising activities at a national or regional level. All countries are eligible to apply, and priority is be given to regional initiatives including countries not involved in the regional workshops.

Global Review

Participants from all regional workshops are invited to a global review meeting in the first quarter of 2018, to share their actions, experiences, evaluate the progress and impact of the programme to date, and to make joint plans for future cooperation around the UN 2030 Agenda. The meeting reviews commitments made by participants at the regional meetings and assesses overall progress of library advocacy in relation to the SDGs.

The programme aims to improve the level of engagement around the world through national and regional activities related to Libraries and the UN 2030 Agenda and to foster the inclusion of libraries in National Development Plans.

For more information, please contact: Maria Violeta Bertolini, Advocacy Communications Officer (

Access to information, Development, UN 2030 Agenda, UN SDGs, IAP

Last update: 9 August 2017