The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users.

The IFLA was founded in 1927, in Edinburgh, Scotland and have a membership of 1 500 members in approximately 150 countries around the world.

IFLA aims to

  • Promote high standards of provision and delivery of library and information services
  •  Encourage widespread understanding of the value of good library and information services
  •  Represent the interests of members throughout the world

More than three thousand delegates meet to exchange experience, debate professional issues, see the latest products of the information industry, conduct the business of IFLA and experience something of the culture of the host country.

This year, the Congress IFLA WLIC 2015 was held in Cape Town, CTICC, South Africa, from 15-21 August 2015.
The congress theme was “Dynamic Libraries: Access, Development and Transformation”.

Several African countries participated in the conference through their Minister of Culture and Arts or Foreign representives amongst them: Cape Verde, South Sudan, Sudan, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Nigeria, Madagascar, Côte d’Ivoire, Swaziland, Namibia, Angola, Burkina Faso, Kenya and Central African Republic.

The conference highlighted the role of librairies in the economy, development and growth of the continent.At the same time,it provided a platform for capacity building, reference information and knowledge sharing via books.

The objectives of this conference were also to implement the African Union Vision (Horizon 2063) and the national plans of development of each country in order to reach the sustainable development objectives.
The conference  encouraged access to manuals, protection and preservation of documentary work on cultural heritage, and generally incited a widespread understanding of the values on library importance for equal access to information and knowlegde. During the conference, the participants adopted a memorandum of understanding on the creation of an International Commission of Librarians to be held once a year.