In May 2019 UAE-based development non-profit Dubai Cares and
the International Publishers Association (IPA) signed an MoU
wherein Dubai Cares committed USD 800,000 over four years to
support literacy, book access, indigenous publishing, and
library restoration in Africa.
As the administrator of the fund, the IPA formed the Africa
Publishing Innovation Fund Committee to select the projects
to support. The Committee consists of IPA Vice-President,
Bodour Al Qasimi, plus senior publishers from Ghana,
Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Tunisia.