EIFL and partners, Kenya Library & Information Services Consortium (KLISC), Consortium for Tanzania Universities and Research Libraries (COTUL) and Consortium of Uganda University Libraries (CUUL), have launched a two-year project titled ‘Open access policy development in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to make more digital content available’.
The project is funded by Spider, the Swedish Programme for ICT in Developing Regions, located at DSV, Department of Computer and System Sciences which is a part of Stockholm University.
There are 64 open access (OA) repositories in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, and there are dozens of OA journals being published. Major stakeholders – researchers and students, research administrators, policy makers and librarians – are aware of OA, and there is already a skilled staff to manage OA journals and repositories. But growth of content in the repositories is slow.