Equal Social, Economic & Political Rights For All!

“Unless we bridge the yawning chasm between the global haves and have-nots, we are setting ourselves up for an 8-billion-strong world filled with tensions and mistrust, crisis and conflict.”

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres

This edition focuses on Sustainable Development Goal 10 (Reduced Inequalities).  The world’s population reached 8 billion in mid-November and is projected to approach 10 billion by 2050. As the human family grows, it is important to create a sustainable future and deliver on the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – to “leave no one behind”. 


Visualizing the World’s Top Social Media and Messaging Apps

In 2022, the social universe is looking more crowded than in previous years.

The scale of Meta’s platforms still dominate thanks to their global reach, but there are a number of smaller networks fighting for market share. Here’s a look at popular platforms, organized from largest to smallest active userbase:

Books For Africa Holiday Video

Need the Perfect Last-Minute Gift?  

Sponsor books to an African classroom in honor of someone special and BFA will send an email notification to your honoree!  Watch our holiday video to learn more about giving the gift of literacy.

We hope that 2023 will bring you peace, good health, and above all, plenty of books! 

The Books For Africa team thanks you for helping us make every season one of joyful giving.

Thank you!

COAR Strategy 2022-24 and Work Plan 2023

Some of the exciting new additions to the Work Plan for next year are:

  • Organize regular webinars for COAR members discuss issues of interest (I will be in touch in early January for your suggestions)
  • With OpenAIRE and other European partners and members, develop and implement a strategy for modernizing the European repository network
  • Develop and launch a comprehensive directory of open access repositories
  • Undertake a landscape scan on the state of repositories
  • Develop recommendations to improve machine access to repository resources
  • Raise the profile of initiatives that have adopted the “publish, review, curate” model
  • Relocate the COAR legal seat to the Netherlands as a Dutch Stichting
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