Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Global Libraries Program
As the evaluation and technical assistance partner for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Global Libraries (GL) program, EnCompass helped to explore ways in which libraries, as part of multi-sectoral partnerships, could help to quickly and efficiently work on delivering sustainable solutions to development challenges.
The Gates Foundation Global Libraries (GL) Program provides grants to local organizations with the aim of building strong and healthy communities, businesses, and learning environments in developing countries around the world by providing free access to computers and Internet in public libraries. EnCompass provided technical support and evaluation expertise to country grantee teams in Botswana, Colombia, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Moldova, South Africa, and Turkey.
The Beyond Access (BA) initiative, funded by the Global Libraries program and implemented by IREX, works to incorporate public libraries into development initiatives through small grants and public-private partnerships in eight countries. EnCompass, working as IREX’s evaluation partner, helped to develop a monitoring and evaluation plan for BA projects in Bangladesh and Myanmar and to think about how to use evaluation data for learning and program improvement.
You can find briefs about our evaluation of Beyond Access activities at the following links:
- Evaluation of Beyond Access Libraries Program in Bangladesh
- Evaluation of Beyond Access Libraries Program in Myanmar
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