Libraries for Development Contest Winners Announced

Beyond Access teams from 19 countries presented their innovative community ideas to over 300 participants at the Beyond Access Local Alternatives for Global Development: Rediscovering Libraries event on October 3, 2012. During the Libraries for Development Innovation Fair and Contest, participants presented their project proposals to a panel of judges and the voting public.

Each idea was  refined over a two-day period by Beyond Access teams. Finally, each team worked with a graphic recorder to present their idea on a poster for the innovation fair.


Selected project teams will work with Beyond Access to finalize their proposals and receive their grant.

In the coming weeks Beyond Access will provide more information on these winning projects as well as features on many of the other Beyond Access Members’ innovative activities. The conference may be over, but the work is just beginning. Stay tuned!

About the Contest

Selected recipients in each of the categories below were awarded a $10,000 grant to implement their project idea with support from Beyond Access.

  • People’s Choice: Beyond Access conference participants voted for their favorite projects
  • Civic Participation: Projects that best addressed issues and themes such as citizen engagement, governance, e-government, or civil society strengthening
  • Economic Opportunity: Projects that addressed issues and themes such as jobs, skills development, financial inclusion, and working with the private sector
  • Community Information & Development: Given to the project that best addressed issues and themes such as health, agriculture, and education
  • Public Technology & Innovation: Awarded to the project that best addressed issues and themes such as access to technology for the marginalized, creative appropriation of technology, innovation spaces, fostering creativity, and fostering a DIY approach

Judges evaluated the projects based on their innovative aspects, level of community focus, feasibility  strength and potential for partnerships, adaptability, and 21st-Century relevance.


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