The mission of Libraries Across Africa is to radically accelerate the construction of public libraries in Africa in order to provide information access, for the largest number, at the least cost.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
In 2010 just 8.7% of Africa's population were classified as Internet users. The goal of LAA is to increase the construction of new libraries across the continent. We believe libraries are critical spaces in the public domain and that by providing the ability to access, share, and create information we give entrepreneurial-spirited individuals important tools for bettering themselves and their communities. In order for the project to proceed, many important questions must be answered.
How will this project solve this problem?
Conduct a study that analyzes statistical data of existing libraries in Africa, profile stakeholders, and address major trends shaping the contemporary library. The study funded here will be used to leverage funds for constructing a pilot library.
Potential Long Term Impact
Africa’s best hope for diversification into the high-value sectors is a massive acceleration in the use of IT. The rapid expansion of Internet access in Africa could transform how Africa trades, learns and holds political power.- Gordon Brown 7/24/10
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.