Welcome to the NIDA website
The Network for Information and Digital Access (NIDA) works to promote utilisation of information through library and information services.
NIDA partners with colleagues and organisations throughout the world to assist:
- networking and sharing of good practice and relevant experience
- informed project and programme development and research
- dissemination of information, especially of local content
- assessment and evaluation of impact
Our main focus is public access to information, especially through models embracing ICT4D (Information and Communication Technologies for Development) within a holistic approach.
NIDA and other access to information campaigners welcome new UN development report
31.05.13 NIDA welcomes the report by the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, published on the 30th of May 2013. The report calls for a ‘data and information revolution’ and puts transparency, accountability and poor people’s participation in decision-making and implementation at the heart of the new framework. The recommendations would enable citizens and policy makers to track goals set by governments and hold them responsible for their actions.
The report also highlights "Stakeholders Partnering by Theme, recognising that we live in an age when global problems can best be solved by thousands, even millions, of people working together ........ These partnerships are powerful because each partner comes to the table with direct knowledge and strong evidence, based on thorough research."Along with leading transparency and access to information campaigners including Development Initiatives, CAFOD, Global Witness, IFLA, Integrity Action and Publish What You Fund (PWYF), NIDA has co-signed a press release welcoming the report. We look forward to the report’s proposals being reviewed by the UN Secretary General and the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development and further refined.
NIDA invited to work with Nepal in sector assessment
03.05.13 Colleagues in Nepal have invited NIDA to work with them in an assessment of public libraries and similar service models. This work is planned as the first activity towards developing a national policy and strategic plan for the sector to better meet Nepal's development goals.
Nepal joins several other countries in recognizing that libraries should be central to the strengthening of knowledge-based societies and support governments in meeting their MDGs and post 2015 aspirations.