As part of the International Advocacy Programme (IAP), IFLA is launching a call for proposals to request funding to implement regional or national awareness-raising and capacity building activities in 2017 and 2018.
The activities planned should show how libraries contribute to the UN 2030 Agenda, and encourage governments to recognize libraries as partners to achieve the 17 SDGs by including them in National Development Plans.
These activities involve, for example:
* Bringing together a smaller number of associations in the region to form alliances or partnerships in pursuit of SDG advocacy;
* Development of materials and events e.g. in conjunction with conferences and in-country meetings to support awareness-raising around the UN 2030 Agenda;
* Awareness raising and capacity building workshops for relevant stakeholders that focus on implementing the UN 2030 Agenda at the regional level as well as specific country issues and positions;
* Workshops to assist librarians to develop the skills of collecting data and stories to show how libraries are contributing to the UN SDGs;
* Assistance workshops facilitated by experts on different issues in the SDGs who can provide advice or research relating to advocacy, or support meetings with policymakers.
For countries who have participated in the IAP Regional Workshops, the proposal should go beyond the awareness-raising and advocacy activities that they have committed to plan and implement as part of their agreements signed with IFLA.
Who is eligible to apply?
IFLA invites all countries to apply. Applications submitted by library associations, national libraries, and public libraries sector representatives will be given preference. Activities that work across countries or a region are encouraged. Proposals including countries that haven’t participated in the IAP Regional Workshops will be given preference.
What are the deadlines?
* 3 March 2017 – Deadline for sending the proposals
* 21 April 2017 – Successful applicants will be notified
* 1 May 2017 to 31 July 2018 – Activities will be conducted by successful applicants
* Applicants will be expected to submit a final evaluation report within one month of the conclusion of their proposed activities but ultimately by 30 September 2018.