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Nigeria International Book Fair
The Nigeria International Book Fair is an initiative of the Nigerian Book Fair Trust, the umbrella body for the major stakeholders in the Nigerian book industry, comprising the Nigerian Publishers Association, Nigerian Book Foundation, Nigerian Booksellers Association, Association of Nigerian
Printers, Nigerian Library Association, Association of Nigerian Authors, and Association of Non-Fiction and Academic Authors of Nigeria. The maiden edition took place in May 14 - 19, 2002 at the International Conference,

Nigeria International Book Fair
Literamed Publications Ltd
(Lantern House), Plot 45 Oregun Industrial Estate
Alausa Bus-Stop, Ikeja.
P.M.B 21068 Ikeja
Tel: +234-1-4962512/7780316/7780340
Fax: +234-14935258, 7780316.

Established in 1979, the Noma Award is open to African writers and scholars whose work is published in Africa. The US$10,000 prize is given annually for an outstanding new book in any of the following three categories: (i) scholarly or academic, (ii) books for children, and (iii) literature and creative writing. Books can be submitted in any African or European language.

Mary Jay
Secretary to the Noma Award Managing Committee
The Noma Award
PO Box 128
Oxon OX8 5XU
Tel: +44-1993-775235
Fax: +44-1993-709265

NORAD administrates long-term development co-operation with authorities and actors in civil society and business sector in seven main co-operating countries and 17 other co-operating countries in Africa, Asia, South and Central America. NORAD works through Norwegian embassies and is thus in an excellent position to conduct dialogue with partner countries concerning priorities and framework conditions for development co-operation. NORAD also channels development funds to regional co-operation.

PO Box 8034 Dep.
0030 Oslo
Tel: +47 22 242030
Fax: +47 22 242031

The Prince Claus Fund stimulates and supports activities in the field of culture and development by granting awards, funding and producing publications and by financing and promoting networks and innovative cultural activities. Support is given to people and in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Equality, respect and trust are the essential parameters of such partnerships; quality and originality are the preconditions of support.

The Prince Claus Fund for Culture and development was established to mark the 70th birthday of H.R.H. Prince Claus of the Netherlands on September 6th, 1996, for the purpose of 'expanding insight into cultures and promoting interaction between culture and development'.

The Fund adopts a broad and dynamic approach to culture, based on the concept of a constantly changing culture. Culture refers both to the way people go about their daily lives and to values and processes of investing life with meaning. The Fund's chief interest is in the development of ideas and ideals and the manner in which people give form to them.

The Fund regards the interaction between culture and development as confirmation of culture's integral role in development processes.

The Fund is aware of the post-colonial situation in which an 'imposed' culture has become part of indigenous culture. This has resulted in cultural activities which generate new ideas and forge new contexts. The Fund recognizes the desire to rediscover and re-evaluate one's own history, while old values are sometimes reinterpreted in new circumstances with new meanings

Prince Claus Fund
Hoge Nieuwstraat 30
2514 EL Den Haag
Tel: +31 70 4274303
Fax: +31 70 4274277

South African Children's Book Forum (SACBF)

South African Children’s Book Forum (SACBF) is an independent, non-profit organisation which aims to bring quality children’s literature to all South Africa’s children. Founded in 1988, the SACBF has an executive office in Cape Town and regional branches in most of the provinces of the country.

The SACBF aims to support and publicise indigenous youth literature. This is done through its quarterly newsletter, The Book Door, and through exhibitions and selected Honour lists.

As the South African national section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), the SACBF nominates South African books and candidates for the various IBBY awards.

The SACBF awards the annual Vivian Wilkes Award to the illustrator of an outstanding South African children’s book.

The main project of the SACBF at present is hosting the 29th IBBY World Congress in Cape Town in September 2004.

South African Children’s Book Forum (SACBF)
PO Box 847, Howard Place, 7450 South Africa
Tel: +27 (0)21 532 0555
Fax: +27 (0)21 671 2902

Southern African Book Development Education Trust (SABDET)

SABDET was founded in 1993 and is a UK-based charitable educational trust. SABDET's objective is to advance education for the public benefit concerning indigenous publishing in Africa as a means of communication and literacy.

SABDET seek to build a South-North dimension into all its activities and to support co-operation in book publishing and distribution between the industrialised world and Africa.

SABDET works with partners in Africa and internationally in pursuing its aims, including, in particular, the Zimbabwe International Book Fair (ZIBF), and the African Publishers' Network (APNET).

Paul Westlake
26 Bewdley Street
London N1 1HB, UK
Tel +44 (0)20 7607 1993
Fax +44 (0)20 7607 1993

UNESCO, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

The main objective of UNESCO is to contribute to peace and security in the world by promoting collaboration among nations through education, science, culture and communication in order to further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.

UNESCO’s constitution was adopted by the London Conference in November 1945, and entered into effect on the 4th of November 1946 when 20 states had deposited instruments of acceptance. It currently has 188 Member States.

To fulfill its mandate, UNESCO performs five principal functions :

  • Prospective studies : what forms of education, science, culture and communication for tomorrow's world?

  • The advancement, transfer and sharing of knowledge : relying primarily on research, training and teaching activities.

  • Standard-setting action: the preparation and adoption of  international instruments and statutory recommendations.

  • Expertise: provided to Member States for their development policies and projects in the form of ‘technical co-operation’.

  • Exchange of specialized information

1, rue Miollis
75015 Paris
Tel. +331 456847337
Fax +331 45685595
Email :

The Zimbabwe International Book Fair is an international non-governmental pan-African organisation whose main objective is to promote and market African writing and publishing. The organisation is run by an independent trust set up in 1992 which holds annual international exhibitions in Harare in the first week of August. We also take part in other international events of a similar nature and we organise provincial book fairs around Zimbabwe.

ZIBF has been a great success mainly because of its deliberate effort to enhance its exhibitions by organising international conferences and workshops for stakeholders in the book industry, the donor community and policy-makers. By so doing, we have provided the stage for debate and for propagating everyone's right to education and access to information. hence earning ourselves the title - Africa's premier book fair.

Zimbabwe International Book Fair
Harare Gardens
P.O. Box CY1179
Causeway, Harare, Zimbabwe
Tel: +263 4 702104, 702108, 707352, 705729, 704112
Fax: +263 4 702129

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