In an environment of violence, uncertainty and instability in Ukraine, public libraries are not idly standing by. With support from the IREX Bibliomist program, several libraries are providing free technology services to help Ukranians across the country keep in touch with friends and relatives escaping the conflict zone, and are also providing important new services for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who have fled armed conflict, as well as for injured soldiers who are being treated in their cities’ hospitals.
Since the start of the Ebola crisis in Liberia, IREX has been working with its partners to get out responsible and accurate information and promote a better understanding of proper prevention measures. With much of the attention focused on containment and treatment, IREX, through the USAID-funded Civil Society and Media Leadership (CSML) Program, seeks to draw attention to another factor, the potential for civil unrest.
On August 18, 2014 the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) launched the Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development. More than 100 organizations co-signed the Declaration, which calls upon United Nations Member States to make an international commitment through the post-2015 development agenda to ensure that everyone has access to, and is able to understand, and use the information that is necessary to promote sustainable development and democratic societies.