WE INSPIRE LIBRARIES TO USE ICT TO IMPROVE LIVES
A pregnant woman at Northern Regional Library in Ghana shows her mobile phones, where she receives health information.
Northern Regional Library in Ghana uses mobile phones to send health information to pregnant women.

THE CHALLENGE

Information is critical to development. The internet has become the major source of information, yet in developing countries, billions of people do not have access to the technology, or the skills, needed to get online.

The EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) addresses this challenge by supporting public libraries to introduce services that use information and communication technology (ICT) to meet crucial community development needs.

We work across vital development issues, like agriculture, digital inclusion and ICT skills training, education and literacy, employment, health and meeting the needs of women and girls.

The successful performance of the EIFL-PLIP supported project at Kibera Public Library has inspired us to seek additional funding to replicate it in other branches of the Kenya National Library Service. Many more children now come to the library wanting to use the tablet computers to access digital educational materials and games. This project has really captivated the interest of children to use their free time constructively in the library.

- Richard Atuti, Director, Kenya National Library Service

FACTS

1

In developing countries 42% of households have internet at home, half as many as in developed countries.

2

Public libraries are included in the Internet Governance Forum’s report, Policy Options for Connecting and Enabling the Next Billion(s).