In developing countries, 28% of households in rural areas have internet at home, compared to 81% in developed countries (ITU 2020).
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.
EIFL-PLIP is one of the most important international library initiatives that I know of. Making it possible for libraries and librarians in over 40 transition economy and developing countries to conduct development and innovation of infrastructure and services, it has had an impact in bettering lives of local communities far beyond the resources invested.
A study conducted by IFLA and EIFL identified more than 30 countries worldwide that include libraries in their national broadband strategies and plans.