How can libraries be used as a resource for grassroots access to ic ts robert cronin, irex

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How can libraries be used as a resource for grassroots access to ic ts robert cronin, irex

  1. 1. Libraries Powering Innovative Development How can libraries be used as a resource for grassroots access to ICTs? Robert Cronin Vice President, IREX rcronin@irex.org
  2. 2. …a strange idea.
  3. 3. African Libraries Powering Development
  4. 4. Technology isn’t innovative unless it: Responds to real priorities Is accessible Is understandable Happens
  5. 5. An international consortium supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation providing donors and government partners with: • Financial resources – grants and matching funds • Capacity building & Training • Consulting services – ICT, social inclusion, and governance strategies To support public broadband access and technology through libraries.
  6. 6. Some of our partners include: • • • • An San Suu Kyi Foundation – Burma Ministry of Justice – Georgia National Library – Peru City Government, Davao, Philippines And member partners from more than 30 other countries around the world including Mali, Malawi, Kenya, Mozambique, Burkina Faso, Uganda, Ghana, Ethiopia, South Africa, Namibia, and others.
  7. 7. Thank you for your time. Contact us at anytime for support and services: Robert Cronin rcronin@irex.org www.beyondaccess.net

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