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Projects report on progress at Nairobi meeting
After only six months, the Public Libraries Innovation Programme (PLIP) is making really good progress. This was the verdict of delegates to the second PLIP grantee meeting which took place in Nairobi, Kenya, from November 28th to December 2nd 2010.
Despite snowstorms in Europe, 11 of the 12 funded projects made the journey to Kenya successfully, coming from Mexico, Chile, Lithuania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia, Cambodia, Nepal, Ghana and Zambia. We missed the Mongolian delegate, Begzsuren Jamsranjav, whose flights were cancelled because of poor weather.
At the meeting, delegates reported on their progress and achievements. We include headlines at the end of this story, and you can click on the links to find out more about each project.
Delegates also discussed how to sustain, scale up and replicate their projects in future. These are important topics as the PLIP project draws to a close in April 2011. To sustain their projects in future, EIFL encourages the PLIP grantees to forge partnerships. Delegates reported a variety of new and growing relationships with a variety of local government departments and non-governmental and community-based organizations.
The Nairobi meeting was also many delegates’ first trip to Africa. Our hosts, the Kenya National Library Service (KNLS – also a PLIP grantee), planned visits to new and older libraries. We visited the KNLS headquarters on Library Hill, Nairobi, and a new library, soon to be opened, in the suburb of Buruburu.
One, the libraries, the Nakuru Provincial Library, was just a few minutes away from the Lake Nakuru National Park, in the Great Rift Valley. Nakuru, which means ‘waterbuck haven’ in Kiswahili, is renowned for its wild birds and animals. This was an opportunity too good to miss, and the group spent a happy few hours gamespotting in the park, seeing huge flocks of flamingos and pelicans, rhinos, giraffe and a rare spotted hyena.
We thank the KNLS for arranging an informative and entertaining meeting, and for smooth logistics despite Nairobi’s world famous traffic jams. In particular, thanks to Richard Atuti, Director of the KNLS, Omar Abdi, the KNLS Resource Mobilization Officer, and Dawn Makena Karau, KNLS Public Relations Officer, who were caring and gracious hosts.
PLIP progress headlines: