Book Aid International expands publishing support
Catherine Nicholson works for Book Aid International, 39/41 Coldharbour
Lane, Camberwell, London, SE5 9NR, England. Tel +44 171 733 3577, fax
+44 171 978 8006, e-mail: email@example.com
In 1997 Book Aid International (BAI) raised over
$1 million to continue and expand, over three years, its two existing
publishing support activities, the Intra African Book Support Scheme
(IABSS) and the Publishers' Resource Pack (PRP) project.
Since then around $290,000 worth of books has
been purchased through the IABSS, run in partnership with the African
Books Collective, and distributed to university and public libraries
all over Africa.
Publishers' Resource Pack project
The PRP project is a small book voucher scheme,
through which BAI aims to assist African publishing organisations in
their training efforts by providing them with professional resource
materials. The Rockefeller Foundation, the Nippon Foundation, the Netherlands
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Unwin Charitable Trust and the European
Commission support this aim through the provision of funds.
The considerable increase in funding in 1997 enabled
increased support to African publishers. BAI has been actively promoting
the scheme throughout Anglophone Africa, and over fifty organisations
are currently participating. Organisations range from national publishers'
associations to independent commercial publishers and also include small
NGOs actively involved in publishing.
Through the Publishers' Resource Pack project,
BAI has supplied training and reference books to publishers, national
publishers' associations and other organisations producing and disseminating
written materials throughout Africa. A new catalogue of materials, Information
and Training Resources for Publishing, was prepared and distributed
in the summer of 1998, and the web version is included as part of an
enhanced Resource Collection on the BAI Internet site (http://www.bookaid.org).
In response to demand from publishers in francophone countries, a catalogue
of French materials is being prepared.
The catalogue follows the curriculum of the African
Publishers' Institute, the training arm of APNET, the African Publishers'
Network. Feedback from all publishers participating in the project,
and from many others involved in the scheme from 1992 to 1998, has been
invaluable during the selection process. Titles have been selected on
all aspects of publishing with the aim of offering a range of resources
which are relevant to the experienced professional and the new publisher
alike. BAI continually attempts to source Africa-produced titles for
inclusion in the catalogue and particularly welcomes suggestions for
new titles published in the South.
Intermediate Technology Publications procures
and dispatches all titles. Its mail order service allows anyone outside
the scheme to purchase the books listed in the catalogue (contact details
In addition to these established activities, BAI
continues to expand its support for publishing companies and organisations
in Africa that produce books and other reading materials for African
Partners in African Publishing
During 1998 BAI assumed responsibility for the
Partners in African Publishing Programme developed by CODE Europe over
the past three years. The newsletter is still produced by founding editor
Kelvin Smith but is now published under the BAI banner, and can also
be found on BAI's website.
Working closely with APNET and national publishers'
associations, the Partners in African Publishing Programme will maintain
the information services it provides for the African book development
community. Further workshops aimed at BAI's library partners may also
take place to build on the experience of its successful workshops held
in Nairobi and Dakar in the first quarter of 1998.
BAI has also assumed responsibility for the Tanzania
Resource Centre Project, previously run by CODE Europe. Now in its fourth
year, the project aims to broaden access to library facilities, teachers'
resources and literacy activities in the southern Tanzanian provinces
of Lindi, Mtwara and Ruvuma. Ten centres have been built and equipped
and training has taken place for librarians and centre management teams.
Under BAI, the centres will continue to receive materials, training,
and logistical support for centre activities.
The supply of African-published books to African
institutions will be extended in 1999 with a pilot project enabling
African libraries to buy more books within Africa. The first stage of
the pilot will be in collaboration with the Malawi National Library
Service, and BAI aims to extend the project to partners in other African
countries in 2000/2001.
For a catalogue or further information about the
Publishers' Resource Pack scheme contact Paula Clegg or Catherine Nicholson,
Research and Development,
Book Aid International, 39-41 Coldharbour Lane,
London SE5 9NR, England. Tel+44 171 733 3577, fax+44 171 978 8006, e-mail:
Orders for titles in the Publishers' Resource
Pack catalogue should go to Intermediate Technology Publications, 103-105
Southampton Row, London, WC1B 4HH, England. Tel +44 171 436 9761, fax
+44 171 436 2013, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Partners in African Publishing can be contacted
by e-mail: email@example.com [BPN, No. 24, 1998, p. 7]
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