Call for partners – African working group on strengthening access to and use of research information

The collective experience of British Library for Development Studies (BLDS), International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and our partners in African research institutions demonstrates that improving access to and use of information is critical to strengthening research.

BLDS, INASP and ACU propose the formation of a working group consisting of partners drawn from interested and committed African institutions. The working group will develop an African-led process to design and develop programmes or activities which are embedded in and responsive to African Institutional contexts, and which address agreed concerns and challenges.

BLDS, INASP and the ACU thus invite interested and committed professional and institutional partners to indicate their interest through completing the expression of interest form which can be downloaded from the link below. BLDS, INASP and the ACU commit to facilitating the establishment of the working group and to convene its first meeting, but expect that the subsequent focus of the working group and its direction will be decided by the members.

Potential partners should be aware that  BLDS, INASP and the ACU have not already secured funding to support any programmes or activities which may arise from the working group. However, as members of the working group the three organisations will work with the other partners to jointly identify and help to secure funding for any future activities

For full details of the call and the expression of interest please download.  The deadline for receipt of expressions of interest is Monday 12 December 2011.

Jean Shaw – with thanks to information from ACU

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About jgreigshaw

I work with Partnerships in Health Information which promotes partnership between libraries in Africa and the UK with an emphasis in African leadership. I have visited Kenya, Mali, Uganda and Zambia though Phi has contacts in many more African countries.
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