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19 September 2018

Librarians in Portuguese speaking Africa gathered in workshop: Awareness Creation, Advocacy and relevant Data Collection Strategies for UN 2030 Agenda.

What were your goals?

The project had two main goals, namely:

  • to build the capacity of librarians in Portuguese speaking African countries to enable them to advocate for librarians and libraries to be effectively included in the plans and activities of governments at the national level;
  • to build the skills of Portuguese speaking African librarians for the collection and showcasing of their stories relating to their contributions to the UN 2030 Agenda.

How did you plan to make this happen?

The goals of the project were achieved through a train-the-trainer workshop which was organized in Durban, South Africa from 1-2 July 2018 for 3 National Library Directors and 3 senior library persons, 2 each from 3 Portuguese speaking African countries – Angola, Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique. The training methodology was a participatory approach of short presentations by resource persons, intensive discussions, group activities and role plays.

How did it work?

The participatory training methodology adopted worked effectively as the capacity of the participants were built on how to advocate for libraries and librarians to be included in national development plans, how to showcase their stories relating to their contribution to the UN 2030 Agenda.

How did you use communications during the project?

Before the implementation of the project, advertisements were placed on all the platforms available to Portuguese speaking African librarians (AfLIA website, Africa-L). The advertisements were also sent to National Library Association Presidents, National Libraries of Portuguese speaking African countries for circulation to their members and also to post them on their websites. The July 2018 edition of the AfLIA newsletter featured the project.

What did you learn in the process?

One key lesson that was learnt during the implementation of the project was the realization by participants of the need to build strong national library associations to be able to participate and contribute effectively to the development of the library and information landscape regionally and globally.  

What are your next steps?

To sustain and maintain the enthusiasm that was generated during the project implementation, AfLIA will follow-up on quarterly basis on how well the participants are implementing the action plans agreed and report back through publication in AfLIA newsletter, website and sharing on Facebook. AfLIA will also provide periodic advice on how to carry out the action plans in case there are any implementation challenges.

LDP (Library Development Programme), Advocacy, Capacity building, Development, Africa

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