Gates Foundation Offers Library Grants to Latvia, Lithuania, Botswana

January 2007
Library Times International: world news digest of library & info;Jan2007, Vol. 23 Issue 3, p34
The article reports that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has expanded its Global Libraries initiative and plans to invest $328 million for the next seven years to support computer and Internet access for 15 developing countries. An amount of $17.5 million will be given to governments of Latvia, Lithuania, and Botswana as the first round of grants to support Internet connections in public libraries with little or no access and equipment. The Gates Foundation has worked previously with the governments of Chile and Mexico to bring no-cost Internet access to public libraries in rural areas and the first time that it has offered grants to Eastern European countries.


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