People everywhere need information - to improve their health, to find jobs, to increase their livelihoods, to support their studies, and much more. The internet has transformed how we seek and share information, yet billions of people living in developing and transition economy countries still do not have access to the internet. Public libraries - trusted institutions, staffed by skilled information professionals - are uniquely placed to overcome this challenge by providing public access to information and communication technology (ICT) and training people to use it.

WHAT WE DO

IMPACT

Innovative services
More people online
Children and youth

ISSUES

We advance community development in six key areas

AGRICULTURE
DIGITAL INCLUSION
EDUCATION
EMPLOYMENT
HEALTH
WOMEN AND GIRLS
EIFL does remarkable work that is making a difference to libraries and the people we serve. At Global Libraries we had an idea for an innovation and replication grant focused on information technology. We asked EIFL to be our grantee; within a brief time they took the idea and turned it to gold! The idea has come to life and the results are incredible.
Deborah Jacobs, Director of Global Libraries at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Over 20 librarians from 22 public and community libraries spread across all of Uganda’s four regions attended e-literacy skills training organised by EIFL and Maendeleo Foundation.
EIFL-PLIP IN ACTION

EIFL training to inspire creation of new public library services that meet community needs

NEWS

EIFL is delighted to announce a new partnership with the Namibia Library and (...)
EIFL welcomes the news that the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) is to equip (...)
Congratulations to 15 IYALI (Initiative for Young African Library Innovators) (...)

BLOG

To stay relevant, public libraries must develop strong relationships with their (...)
EIFL has been working with public libraries in Africa since 2010, supporting (...)
In August, a group of 13 young African public librarians travelled to Eastern Europe (...)

EVENTS

Seventeen public librarians from Namibia will attend a two-day training-of-trainers (...)
Seventeen trainers from public libraries in Namibia will attend a three-day workshop (...)
Twenty-four public librarians from 12 public libraries in Zambia will attend (...)

CONTACT US

For questions, please contact EIFL-PLIP Programme Manager Ramune Petuchovaite:
ramune.petuchovaite@eifl.net