16 / 02 / 2017

We continue our work with Latin American Libraries

As a strategy to expand the support for public libraries in Latin America, MAKAIA has received funding through the United Nations South-South Cooperation Fund (Fondo Pérez Guerrero), after presenting a proposal to carry out several activities in 2017 to promote collaboration, use of technology, library services, partnerships and training. The libraries that will be benefited are the Digital Inclusion Spaces in Uruguay, the Libraries of the National Library Network in Peru and the Libraries Network of Medellín in Colombia.

Since for many years Colombia has not presented proposals to obtain funding from the PGTF, MAKAIA is a pioneer in the implementation of these resources in the country, combining the efforts of the Libraries Network of Medellín, the National Library of Peru and ANTEL in Uruguay. Therefore, we involve the government's International Cooperation Agency, the International Cooperation Agency of Colombia (APC) and the Uruguayan and Peruvian governments (APCI) have announced their interest and support for the project.

These funds will allow us to continue implementing the methodologies and philosophy of Beyond Access in Colombia, Peru and Uruguay. Likewise, it is essential at this stage to strengthen partnerships in the region to achieve librarians communities that are capable of sharing their experiences of success in the development of services that incorporate ICT in public libraries.

Some of the activities planned for this project are:

  • Defend and promote libraries as the development strategy in Colombia, Peru and Uruguay
  • Implement innovative services using ICT in libraries
  • Share experiences and success stories among librarians
  • Strengthen the skills of librarians in ICT adoption

    The Perez-Guerrero Trust Fund for South-South Cooperation (PGTF) was established by the United Nations in accordance with General Assembly resolution 38/201 of 20 December 1983, which provides the liquidation of the United Nations Emergency Operations Trust Fund and the allocation of its remaining balance.

    The PGTF is a fund created to support activities of economic and technical cooperation among developing countries (ECDC / TCDC) of critical importance for the developing countries members of the Group of 77, with The aim of achieving national or collective self-sufficiency according to the priorities set by them. It was named in honor of the late Manuel Pérez-Guerrero and its funds are channeled through the United Nations Development Program following the approval of the Group of 77.