Developing Country Initiatives

Concern over access to information within the less advantaged populations of the world became a hot topic when it was realised that online publishing offered opportunities to enable access. In addition to many publishers running their own (usually small-scale) systems there are several successful international collaborations.

 Except for links to ALPSP resources on this website, the links below are to external websites and will open a new window in the browser.


ACA2K - copyright in African countries

The African Copyright & Access to Knowledge (ACA2K) Project is probing the relationship in African countries between national copyright environments and access to hard-copy and digital learning materials. (There seems to have been little activity since 2011.)

African Journal Archive

The African Journal Archive is a retrospective digitisation project of full-text journal articles published in Africa. It is hosted hosted in South Africa by Sabinet and was funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The archive comprises almost 200 journals.

African Journals OnLine (AJOL)

The world's largest collection of peer reviewed, African-published scholarly journals. There are over 400 journals on the site, some in full text and some available as abstracts only.

BioMedCentral OA and the Developing World Portal

This website provides a portal for discussion, advocacy and sharing of resources about OA and technologies for the developing world.

Book Aid

Charity that deals with book redistribution within the developing world in an intelligent and appropriate manner.


An initiative working with libraries to develop national licence agreements and advocate for open access resources.


An organisation working with the aims to improve access to, and production and use of, research information and knowledge for sustainable development. It particularly negotiates online access to journal bundles to academic libraries, and also supports editors and publishers within the developig world. It runs a series of programmes including AuthorAid, Journals OnLine, and Publishers for Development.


The collective name for the four programmes – HINARI (health), AGORA (agriculture), OARE (environment) and ARDI (for IP offices) - Research4Life provides developing countries with free or low cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content online.

SciDevNet: Science and Development Network

News service for scientists and journalists around the world, with focus on news from developing countries. Updated daily.

WIPO: IP for Development

Website outlining WIPO's programmes of technical assistance for developing countries.

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