STRATEGIC DIRECTION OF APLESA
The Association of Parliamentary Libraries of Eastern and Southern Africa (APLESA) is an organization, established by its constitution, to promote inter- parliamentary co-operation, networking and resource sharing hence creating a forum for information exchange that will support the function of parliaments in the region. This is intended to strengthen parliamentary democracy, as members in the sub- region will always have a platform for benchmarking on where they need to improve or incorporate into their programmes.
“To be an Association of excellence, advancing inter-parliamentary library co-operation within Eastern and Southern Africa”.
“To enable Parliaments, through networking and information resource sharing, to make informed decisions”
The following set of core values will guide the operation of APLESA. They are benchmarks operations of APLESA and its relation with other organizations. They are:
1: Capacity to deliver efficient and timely services to members built
2: Human resource capacity developed
3: Physical capacity of APLESA enhanced
4: Local and international strategic partnerships established.
Strategic Objective 1:Capacity to deliver efficient and timely services to members built
1.1 Adopt a common Libraries Management System for all Members
1.2 Introduce Simultaneous interpretation and translation for meetings as
well as publications
1.3 Enhance use of multi-media platforms
Strategic Objective 2: Human resource capacity developed
2.1 Training needs assessment conducted
2.2 Develop a comprehensive Human Resource development plan
2.3 Mobilize resources for capacity building
Strategic Objective 3: Physical capacity of APLESA enhanced
3.1 Strengthen APLESA Secretariat
3.2 Enhance networking through e-library systems
3.3 Ensure Parliamentary website contents are managed in the Library
3.4 Expand membership to include libraries of regional Parliaments and local Governments
Strategic Objective 4: Local and international strategic partnerships established.
4.1 APLESA joins many international Libraries bodies
4.2 Resource mobilization intensified
4.3 Civil Society engagement enhanced
4.4 Media relations promoted
4.5 Intensify marketing APLESA regionally and internationally