Brief History

  • The first strategic area of investment of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) was the US Library Program. The Foundation’s library was established in 1997.
  • International efforts began in 2001, supporting projects and programs for public libraries worldwide.
  • The Strategic Goal of 1997-2003 is if you can reach a public library, you can reach the internet.
  • In 2011, one effort that the Foundation began to support is the International Network of Emerging Library Innovators (INELI), a Network of library leaders around the world who have skills and experiences in developing innovative services for users.
  • The INELI's first cohort was carried out in October 2011- October 2013. Three (3) convenings were held in New Zealand, Korea and Netherlands.
  • The INELI's second cohort was held in October 2013 – October 2015. The first convening was held in Netherlands. The second convening in Chile and the last convening was held in Capetown, South Africa in October, 2015.
  • In March 2014, the Foundation started the Global Libraries (GL) wind-down. They started to tap regional implementers to provide opportunities to explore and be connected where stakeholders can share information and best practices, and not to reinvent the wheel.
  • The Strategic Goal of 2014 -2030 is to improve lives of one billion information poor by positioning the world's 320,000 public libraries as critical community assets and providers of information through relevant programs and services.
  • In June 2015, the BMGF decided to exit the field of global library leadership, but wanted to leave the sector strong and identified legacy partners to carry forward GL's strategy goals of improving lives through public libraries around the world which they call INELI Regional Network Development or INELI Track. At present, there are seven (7) existing INELI Tracks, namely: INELI-ASEAN, INELI-Balkans, INELI-India, INELI -Latin America, INELI-MENA, INELI-Oceania and INELI -Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • On May 4, 2015, NLP received a grant from the BMGF as one of the implementers  of  INELI-ASEAN.  It  was  launched  in  Thailand during  the  CONSAL  XVI.  It  has  3  convenings  in  Malaysia, Singapore  and  Viet  Nam  and  2  mid-way  meetings  in  Brunei Darussalam and Indonesia.
  • After the implementation of the INELI-ASEAN, the INELI-ASEAN Project Team decided to come up with INELI-like program in the Philippines while promoting it also to other ASEAN Countries to implement the same. Last quarter of 2017, the team kept on conceptualizing INELI-Philippines. Until in March 2018, it is called NEFLI.




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National Library of the Philippines
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Tel: (632) 310-5035 loc 204/205

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