A central concern of UNESCO is the disparity between developed and developing countries. Countries are often characterised as "north" and "south" depending on their economic situations, but in recent years, a new divide between them has emerged - the digital divide.
IFAP exists to be an advocate for all people on the wrong side of the information divide, whether they be in developed or developing countries. Of special concern are the needs of women, youth and the elderly, as well as persons with disabilities.
The Information for All Programme seeks to:
- promote international reflection and debate on the ethical, legal and societal challenges of the information society;
- promote and widen access to information in the public domain through the organization, digitization and preservation of information;
- support training, continuing education and lifelong learning in the fields of communication, information and informatics;
- support the production of local content and foster the availability of indigenous knowledge through basic literacy and ICT literacy training;
- promote the use of international standards and best practices in communication, information and informatics in UNESCO's fields of competence; and
- promote information and knowledge networking at local, national, regional and international levels.