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INASP and Caplor Horizons strengthen Ghana’s library network

News for Ghana

June 16, 2017

Tags: CARLIGH, Strengthening Southern library consortia

Next week the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Ghana (CARLIGH) will be meeting to develop its strategy and consider how best to communicate this both internally and externally.

A forum, which will take place in Accra from 19-22 June 2017, will build on work in a previous forum in January, facilitated by Caplor Horizons and INASP.

Sustainable access to cutting-edge research information is essential for any strong research and knowledge system. Strengthening Southern library consortia has been an important component of INASP’s work for many years. In 2016 INASP teamed up with Caplor Horizons, a not-for-profit network of experts in organizational change, in order to help Southern library consortia strengthen their leadership, strategy and influencing skills.

“We are trying to build library consortia capacity ensuring that developing-country researchers have affordable access to cutting edge thinking and the latest ideas from around the world,” says Dr Kemal Shaheen, Programme Manager, Organizational Capacity Development at INASP.

The resulting collaborative project ‘Leading in the Library: A learning lab for sustainable access to knowledge in developing countries’ has been working in four African countries over the past year.

Work in Ghana began with a forum in January 2017, which provided an opportunity for reflection upon the current situation at CARLIGH and on the potential barriers to, and opportunities for, future sustainability.  This Forum 1 in Ghana brought together participants from across CARLIGH’s Executive Committee, Governing Council, and various working groups to discuss what future success would look like for the consortium.

The first phase was mainly focussed on refining and strengthening the CARLIGH strategic plan as well as consolidation of CARLIGH strategic objectives to three priority areas: Sustainability, Enhancing Access to Knowledge and Advocacy.

“We are happy for what we achieved during the first phase and we hope to build on this to Forum 2. A central focus of this visit will be communication of the CARLIGH’s brand and story,” says Ian Williams, Executive Director of Caplor Horizons.

Follow the link to read the latest blog post by Kemal Shaheen: Strengthening leadership in libraries by learning from emerging future



Founded in 1992, INASP is an international development organization working with a global network of partners in Africa, Latin America and Asia. In line with the vision of research and knowledge at the heart of development, INASP works to support individuals and institutions to produce, share and use research and knowledge, which can transform lives.

INASP’s approaches are based on the core pillars of capacity development, convening, influencing and working in partnership. INASP promotes equity by actively addressing the needs of both men and women across all our work and addressing issues of power within the research and knowledge system. INASP has projects in 28 countries, supporting all aspects of research and knowledge systems, from facilitating the provision of information to researchers to helping parliamentarians and civil servants to use research and evidence in policy making.

About Caplor Horizons
Caplor Horizons is a not-for-profit organization. It was created to help charitable organizations think differently about themselves and the new horizons that they face. At the same time it provides opportunities for those able and willing to contribute their time and expertise for the lasting benefit of society. 2 - Uganda



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