DA2I is a joint project between the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and the Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington Information School.
It demonstrates how access to information and libraries contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
This project was conceived as part of the Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development, which calls on global
institutions and associations to “ensure that everyone has access to, and is able to understand, use and share the information that is necessary to promote sustainable development and democratic societies.”
The primary objectives of the project are as follows:
Throughout this report, access to information is defined as the rights and capacity to use, create, and share information in ways that are meaningful to each individual, community, or organization. The ability of information access to contribute to sustainable development is influenced by a combination of structural factors (e.g., policies and physical infrastructure) and human/social factors (e.g., usage, population characteristics, and skills).
Therefore, we propose a DA2I framework to describe four interdependent dimensions that influence access to information and its ability to advance the SDGs:
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It works to promote a strong and globally united library field as a driver of literate, informed and participatory societies, and places the importance of access to information at the heart of its values. With members in almost 150 countries, it is both the global voice of the library and information profession, and the primary hub for developing standards, sharing good practices, and empowering and building connections between libraries and library associations globally.
The Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington Information School explores the role of digital technologies in building more open, inclusive, and equitable societies. TASCHA is a nexus for multidisciplinary research whose work has helped international organizations, governments, civil society organizations, and public libraries in the United States and more than 50 other countries.