The Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL)

The Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL) project announces that it is continuing to accept applications from potential deployment sites until the final application deadline, September 1, 2011.  Applications are open to disabled people's organizations, universities, and agencies in developing countries that have limited or no internet access.  Sixty organizations will receive an off-line version of the digital library so they can share valuable disability rights knowledge and toolkits with their local communities. 

The GDRL is a collaborative effort between the U.S. International Council on Disabilities (USICD) and the University of Iowa's WiderNet Project with funding support from USAID.  The GDRL team is working to bring the best materials on disability rights and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to developing countries.  The goal of the project is to improve the lives of persons with disabilities. 

The project uses an innovative "internet in a box" technology, known as the eGranary Digital Library, to deliver digital resources to people beyond the reach of the internet.  Users will include disabled people's organizations (DPOs), decision makers, individual advocates, and others who cannot easily obtain information from the web.  Read more about the GDRL project at:

Ideal deployment site candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to promoting and facilitating disability rights.  Successful applicants will have the organizational capacity to become a hub for disseminating disability rights information and will be inclusive of a diverse disability community. So far, 27 deployment sites have been selected.  The remaining 33 deployment sites will be selected after the final application deadline on September 1, 2011.  Interested organizations are urged to review the application and full eligibility criteria posted on WiderNet's website at:

Before applying, candidates may also find it helpful to review some additional information about the application and deployment process at:

The application process is expected to be very competitive.  Please apply early to allow time for questions regarding your application prior to the deadline. Please note that applicants who already competed in the March 1, 2011 application round, and who were notified that they have not been selected, should please refrain from applying again.

Apply by September 1, 2011, to be considered for deployment by December 31, 2011


In addition to the off-line version of the GDRL for locations with limited Internet access, an on-line version of the library will also be available.  A prototype version of the GDRL is now available at

Questions about the application process, and feedback about the prototype GDRL, should be directed to


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