Information for All Programme (IFAP)


The Information for All Programme (IFAP) is a unique UNESCO intergovernmental programme established in 2001. Through IFAP, member and partner governments pledge to harness the new opportunities of the information age to create equitable societies through better access to information.

The last decade has witnessed technological development at a scale and speed unprecedented in the history of humankind. One of the major challenges the world faces today is to ensure equitable access for all people, and to seize and benefit fully from these new opportunities. IFAP is UNESCO’s response to the expectations of its Member States to build inclusive and sustainable Knowledge Societies.

The Programme is guided in its planning and implementation by an Intergovernmental Council, comprising 26 UNESCO Member States that are elected by UNESCO’s General Conference. The functioning of the Council is financed by UNESCO’s regular budget. The Council guides the planning and implementation of the programme by considering relevant proposals, recommending broad lines of action, assessing achievements, encouraging the participation of Member States, and supporting fundraising efforts. The Intergovernmental Council elects a Bureau composed of eight members: a Chair, three Vice-Chairs, three members and a Rapporteur.

In order to achieve IFAP’s mandate, the Intergovernmental Council has decided that the Programme concentrates its efforts on the six Strategic Objectives:

  • Mainstreaming  knowledge society policies in national development plans for sustainable development
  • Fostering information literate societies
  • Promoting and widening access to knowledge and information in the public domain through the organization, digitization, dissemination and preservation of content and data
  • Raising awareness of ethical issues related to information
  • Enhancing opportunities for disadvantaged communities by providing access to information and knowledge
  • Reinforcing promotion and use of Multilingualism in Cyberspace

The overall goal of IFAP is to help UNESCO Member States develop and implement national information policies and knowledge strategies in a world increasingly using information and communication technologies (ICT). In order to achieve this goal, the Programme concentrates its efforts on the six priority areas listed above.

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