IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing leadership and innovative programs to improve the quality of education, strengthen independent media, and foster pluralistic civil society development.
Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of $50 million and a staff of 500 professionals worldwide. IREX and its partner IREX Europe deliver cross-cutting programs and consulting expertise in more than 100 countries.
About Global Libraries Romania – Ukraine
These five year library development projects aim to help libraries better serve their communities by:
- facilitating improved access to information for citizens by equipping libraries with appropriate technology;
- training librarians to provide updated services to library visitors;
- strengthening libraries’ voice at the national and local levels by increasing the capacity of national library associations;
- fostering government support for the recognition of the essential role of libraries in a modern society.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—Global Libraries
The foundation’s Global Libraries initiative is working to open the world of knowledge, information, and opportunity to many more people. Part of the Global Development Program, Global Libraries works with select countries that demonstrate a need and a readiness to help public libraries provide free access to computers and the Internet, and training on how to make full use of these tools. The initiative is helping transform public libraries into vital resources that can help improve the lives of millions of people.