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IGF 2019 Public Access Contributions to Public Policy Success


Dynamic Coalition on Public Access in Libraries (DC-PAL)

Round Table - Circle - 60 Min


This session will look at how public access in libraries features in national broadband strategies designed to support digital inclusion. As neutral, welcoming public centres, libraries have a particular role in achieving both specific internet policy objectives and the Sustainable Development Goals more broadly. Alongside schools, libraries are noted as key venues not only for providing connectivity (as a stepping-stone towards, and a complement to, home connections), but also as places where people can develop digital skills and confidence. Women and other often marginalised groups have benefitted particularly from the possibilities offered by libraries.

Speakers will share experience of government programmes which have looked to realise this potential, describing both the logic for working with libraries, the potential to reach marginalised groups, and the achievements (both in terms of connectivity and positive side-effects) that were achieved.

This session will support the Dynamic Coalition on Public Access in Libraries’ 2019 report, focusing on broadband strategies and how libraries can support these.

• Emmanuel Muyomba, Rural Communications Development Fund, Uganda Communications Commission - government support for libraries
• Mahmoud Khalifa (Egypt, academic) – connectivity in library laws
• Teddy Woodhouse (A4AI) – libraries and public access in affordability strategies
• Paul Kiage, Assistant Director, Universal Service Fund (USF) of the Communications Authority of Kenya - Utilising USF for public access through libraries
• Stuart Hamilton, Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) - libraries at the heart of development policies


Stephen Wyber, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
Stuart Hamilton, Electronic Information for Libraries


Stephen Wyber, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions


GOAL 1: No Poverty
GOAL 2: Zero Hunger
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-Being
GOAL 4: Quality Education
GOAL 5: Gender Equality
GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
GOAL 10: Reduced Inequalities
GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
GOAL 12: Responsible Production and Consumption
GOAL 13: Climate Action
GOAL 14: Life Below Water
GOAL 15: Life on Land
GOAL 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
GOAL 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Contact Information

United Nations
Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

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Palais des Nations,
CH-1211 Geneva 10

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+41 (0) 229 173 411