This is a cooperation between Namibia, Finnish and Tanzanian libraries. The Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has allocated development funds for the Finnish Library Association for the years 2012 – 2014. The funds are meant to support development cooperation with Namibian and Tanzanian libraries. In the initial phase 20 libraries from Namibia and 2 from Tanzania are involved.
This project is part of the poverty reduction strategies of the partner countries in accordance with the United Nations Millennium development goals. The immediate objectives of the project are:
- Supporting the capacity building of the personnel of libraries in ICT and information search skills. This aims at bridging the digital divide at grassroots level.
- Cooperating with a number of NGOs, in particular with organisations of women and small-scale entrepreneurs.
- Improving distance learning possibilities for out of school youths.
- Establishing health corners at libraries
- Organising ICT and information search training sessions for subsistence farmers.
- Promoting literacy by cooperating with literacy classes.
The project was officially launched in October 2012 by the late minister of education Dr Abraham Iyambo in Windhoek.