Challenges of facilitating research access in Bangladesh

Dr M. Nazim Uddin is the Head and Senior Manager of the Library and Information Services Section at icddr,b, an international health research organization based in Dhaka. He gives a librarian’s perspective of the challenges of research access in Bangladesh

This was originally published on the Practicing Development blog.


What should a library look like? For me, it should have five basic components: a building, professional staff members, resources (such as furniture and print and e-literature), budgets and users. In Bangladesh, the two most difficult components for librarians to manage are budgets and resources.

Let’s consider budgets, which of course are indispensable for administering any library. If the top level of management in an institution decides to slash the library budget, as quite often happens, this makes it very difficult for librarians to manage libraries and keep them well-stocked. I believe libraries are the backbone of any research organization; when library budgets are cut, it threatens the quality of the research produced at that organization, and consequently slows the development of the entire country. Continue reading

Consortium strengthens information access in Kenya

Jacinta Were, an INASP associate based in Kenya, discusses how INASP and the Kenyan library consortium have worked together for well over a decade to support sustainable access to electronic research information in the country.

This was originally published on the Practicing Development blog.


I’ve known and worked with INASP for the last 15 years, mainly to support research in Africa. When INASP started working in Kenya we had gone for about six years without subscribing to any journals because there was no budget. When we did subscribe to a journal, it was just one at a time, in print form, and it would often take two years to arrive. When INASP arrived and explained what they were planning to do we welcomed them, we said “Yes, this is really the right time!”

I can speak for my country when I say that INASP support has rejuvenated libraries in Kenya, which are now able to support researchers. INASP introduced us to electronic library research literature. We are now able to access over 46,000 electronic journals and books and the researchers; having been reluctant in the beginning, are now hooked on them. Continue reading

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