Promoting access to indigenous information in Africa : challenges and requirements

Chowdhury, Gobinda and McLeod, Julie and Lihoma, Paul and Teferra Abate, Solomon and Wato, Richard (2023) Promoting access to indigenous information in Africa : challenges and requirements. Information Development, 39 (3). pp. 611-623. ISSN 0266-6669 (

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The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal SDG16.10 advocates for ensuring public access to information, yet knowledge access and sharing are some of the key challenges in many countries, especially in Africa. The African Union Agenda 2063 strongly recommends access to African indigenous, cultural information to promote sustainable development but how might this be achieved? This paper shares findings from a project - NetDiploma - that built an international multi-stakeholder network of experts, professionals and various user communities to mobilize and share knowledge to explore the requirements for promoting access to cultural heritage and government information held in memory institutions, such as archives, for everyone in Africa. It identifies the key enablers and challenges associated with the long-term goal of making African government, indigenous and cultural heritage information accessible online in the form of a Digital Public Library of Africa (DPLAf) and the research and development required to realise this vision.