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 Book Voucher Schemes

  However good or relevant a development book may be, it is of no use if the people it will benefit most cannot afford to buy it.

  This is where our book voucher schemes come in. Our partners provide a fund of money that enables selected organizations in developing countries to receive much needed published resources free of charge. Last year, ITDG Publishing was able to supply over 7000 free of charge books to developing countries, thanks to the charities, NGOs and commercial organizations who fund these schemes.

We are able to handle all aspects of a voucher programme - from concept and planning to establishing communications with the beneficiary centres or offices, handling correspondence, researching titles, through to order processing, book despatch, follow-up and evaluation. ITDG Publishing have managed a number of book schemes with partners including VSO, Oxfam, CAFOD, ICD (International Corporation for Development), Christian Aid, CTA and the Shell Foundation.

Examples of existing book voucher schemes include:

  Book Aid International - (formerly Ranfurly Library Service) works in partnership with organizations in developing countries to support their work in literacy, education, training and publishing by providing books and other reading materials. These help give people the chance to realize their potential and contribute to the development of their societies. ITDG Publishing supplies books from the following bespoke catalogues

Publishing Information and Training Resources Catalogue
NGO Management Resources Catalogue

Shell Foundation Energy Books Project - The Sustainable Energy Programme (SEP) is the major grant-making programme of the Shell Foundation. ITDG Publishing in partnership with the Shell Foundation supplies books on renewable energy to participating African NGOs working in the renewable energy sector. The two goals of the SEP are to help society's efforts to find solutions to the environmental impacts of growing energy use, and to help overcome poverty in developing countries by increasing access to more sustainable energy sources.

Misereor (German Catholic Action for Human Development) - this English and French books voucher scheme provides literature on appropriate technology to small NGOs and community groups in the developing world.

  Oxfam - the Oxfam books voucher scheme has been in operation since 1996. The recipient groups are Oxfam field offices worldwide.

  Dissemination of Agricultural Reference Books (DORA) - managed by ITDG Publishing on behalf of the inter-governmental agricultural organization CTA and BDPA, the DORA scheme provides beneficiary centres in Africa with much-needed agricultural reference books. dora.html

- the aim of the VSO book scheme is to deliver books in development into VSO field offices.

ICD (International Corporation for Development) - this scheme has been in operation since 1996. Development books are delivered into Latin American and African religious programmes and centres.

Christian Aid
- the book scheme has been in operation since 1995. Its aim is to distribute books to Christian Aid fieldworkers

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