Millennium Development Goals and Information Literacy

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UNESCO's Information for All Programme (IFAP) has published a  paper providing a basic conceptual framework for measuring information literacy. Entitled Towards information literacy indicators, the publication includes a definition of information literacy; a model that links information literacy with other adult competences, such as ICT skills; and a description of information literacy standards in education.

The development of indicators of information literacy is a priority at both national and international levels. Information literacy underpins many of the Millennium Development Goals, for instance, combating diseases and enhancing employment opportunities.

The Millennium Development Goals have 8 broad areas targeted for achievement by 2015:

  • Goal 1: Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger
  • Goal 2: Achieve Universal Primary Education
  • Goal 3: Promote Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women
  • Goal 4: Reduce Child Mortality
  • Goal 5: Improve Maternal Health
  • Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases
  • Goal 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability
  • Goal 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development

I normally think of Information Literacy as an activity in education, but this report states its importance in progress toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals, a much broader framework. Could organizations export information literacy training in the way they deliver humanitarian aid for other needs?

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