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distribution: worldwide, via internet
type of activity: education
what: UNESCO has published ‘Donating Books for Development’, a guide explaining the benefits and how to donate books to developing countries in ways which not only provides a broader range of reading materials to local populations but also respects and encourages the development of the local publishing and book industry.
This practical guide gives useful information about how to go about establishing a book donation programme and draws on the recent experience gained by the Global Alliance in Senegal in the ‘African Books for the most needy African libraries,’ project.
This successful project, which will be renewed and expanded in 2005, brought together UNESCO, the book distribution company Maxi-Livres and the association Culture and Development to hold special book sales across Maxi-Livre’s retail franco-belgian retail network on World Book and Copyright Day (2004, April 23).
The proceeds of the sales contributed to the financing of book purchases, mostly from Senegalese bookshops, undertaken by the association Culture and Development, which thus boosted the local book industry. The books were then distributed to libraries across Senegal.
who: the author is Mauro Rosi, a programme specialist in the division of arts and cultural enterprise in UNESCO’s culture section.
sustainability features: donating books can be a very beneficial and useful practice for developing national publishing industries, as long as it takes in a whole complex and variable set of factors. They are examined in this work, both in terms of policy and practice, with a view to an integrated approach as donation lies within a series of structural interactions which, together, go to form the 'book chain'.