Report of the Regional Workshop for African Book Industry Stakeholders (Abidjan, 22-25 January 2018)

The workshop was organized under the auspices of the Working Group on Books and Learning Materials (WGBLM) of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) and the Global Book Alliance (GBA) as part of the ADEA-USAID Partnership Agreement. Under the Partnership Agreement, ADEA and USAID committed to work in synergy in Africa to ensure that children’s books, especially those written in languages children speak and understand, are developed, produced, distributed and read by the greatest number.

Bringing together 79 key stakeholders in the African Book Publishing Industry from 22 African countries, and partners from 5 countries, the workshop was planned to (i) present the GBA’s mission, vision, objectives, strategies; (ii) strengthen local coordination of major stakeholders (writers, publishers, booksellers, and reading specialists); and (iii) improve local coordination and policy dialogue between governments and book professionals in implementing book provision.