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Driving Women’s Political Representation in Bhutan

In Bhutan, the Himalayan Kingdom renowned for the concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH), half the...

Boosting Access to Affordable Internet in Mozambique

For over 95% of its population, Mozambique’s internet services are unaffordable. Its fixed broadband connections are the fourth most expensive in the world, and while its mobile services are less expensive, a subscription costs over 65% of the average family’s income. The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) – a global coalition committed to removing economic...

GPSLib: The Beginnings

Following its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, the Georgian public library system underwent a series of massive changes. The system formerly operated based on the centrally-governed Soviet model, wherein Moscow pre-approved library collections and provided resources. When this model was disrupted, Georgian public libraries often became neglected and underfunded. Throughout the 1990s and...

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10 New Library Services Prepare Youth for a High-Tech World

Smart phones, 3D printers, robotics, online media — it’s all happening at 10 public libraries that have...

How Do Libraries Drive Development in Your Community?

Participate in a global online discussion taking place June 12 at 1 pm UTC/8 am Medellin, Colombia time via Google Hangout. The discussion will center on themes including digital culture, social and cultural management, and reading promotion. Read this Slideshare presentation to learn how to join the event. The event will take place in English....

Libraries in Ukraine Prepare Citizens for Elections

Citizens in Ukraine will take to the polls on May 25th to vote in the presidential elections and in a number of local elections against the backdrop of growing tensions and political uncertainty. However, libraries in Ukraine continue to play a critical role in bridging the communication gap between citizens and local governments to address...

Measuring the Library Movement in Bangladesh

Ingrid Bon (from the governing board of IFLA) and I were in Bangladesh last week, exploring along with Save the Children’s Bangladesh office how the country’s libraries might contribute to early literacy efforts. There are around 130 government public libraries in the country at the district level, and another several thousand at the village level...

Libraries and Local Governments: A Key Alliance

Libraries have become an essential part of urban and rural communities around the world. They are quintessential places of access to information, community development, and social inclusion. Patrons in every country embrace libraries as part of their daily lives — as spaces of learning, growth, and a source of pride for their communities. And that’s...

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Why Public Access and Libraries are Still Relevant in the Era of Mobiles

Even with the ongoing mobile revolution, people still need spaces where they can access computers and...

GPSLib: A New Direction for Libraries in Georgia

Beyond Access is excited to announce a new partnership with the Public Services Development Agency in Georgia. A part of the Georgian government’s Ministry of Justice, the Public Services Development Agency has been tasked with assisting the implementation of Georgia’s Open Government Partnership Action Plan to improve access to government services and continue Georgia’s progress...

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How Can Tech Help Girls Improve Their Lives?

Imagine a space where girls can access the information they need and learn about technology for...

Bigger, Better Data and Resilience: Part 2

This is a guest post from Beyond Access Friend Linda Raftree. It was originally published on her blog, “Wait…What?” and it’s the second in a series of posts from Linda about data and international development. Read part one to get caught up. The series stems from discussion at the February 2014 NYC Technology Salon on...

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