About Beyond Access
Public access to information is a public good. But today, four billion people remain unconnected to the internet. That means half the people in the world are still losing out on the economic, social, and educational opportunities that access can provide. In some places, access through mobiles and other technology has grown so quickly — and unevenly — that the divide has only deepened between those with access and those without.
Through Beyond Access, IREX works with local partners to promote sustainable, inclusive access to information and technology for those who need it most. That access is delivered through trusted community institutions that already have funding and trained staff in place: public libraries. More than 230,000 public libraries — 73% of the world’s total — are located in developing and transitioning countries.
With projects around the world, IREX’s Beyond Access initiative is making information work for more people. We partner with governments, NGOs, local organizations, and donors to help communities create their own sustainable information hubs through libraries — hubs that support information access and all the opportunities that come with it.