Modernizing Community Spaces to Expand Digital Access

In the last decade, Georgia has undertaken massive reforms, particularly in the areas of rule of law, accountability, and transparency. After signing onto the Open Government Partnership, the government of Georgia instituted a plan to ensure access to information for people living in rural areas. With more than 600 underutilized public libraries across the country, the Georgian government and Beyond Access are partnering to revitalize and modernize libraries to power Georgia’s economic and social development goals. Beyond Access Georgia works in public libraries to increase access to information, technology, and public services.

As part of Georgia’s rapid transformation over the last decade, the government has increased the availability and accountability of government services. However, many people in rural parts of the country lack the skills and resources necessary to access these services. Because the use of information and communication technology (ICT) defines the success of Georgia’s reform attempts, it is critical that the government find a way to provide all people with the tools and support they need to improve digital access and literacy.
  • To modernize community spaces and build capacity of local leaders to leverage those spaces for improved access to information and services
  • To develop equal economic and social opportunities for Georgians through access to digital tools and skills
  • To improve quality of life in rural Georgian communities through access to and assistance with e-government services

Modernizing community spaces

Provide 118 libraries with updated equipment and technology, including desktop computers, printers, and internet connectivity

Librarian capacity building

Train librarians on technology skills and management, e-government services, and how to transfer these skills to library users

Expanding digital skills and government services

Connect users to digital skills and e-government services through public access computers and librarian assistance

Partnership development and advocacy

Develop and build upon local, regional, and national partnerships between libraries, individuals, community institutions, and government agencies