Russia, the Former Soviet Union, and Africa

The JDP began its long history of work in Russia and the former Soviet Union (FSU) countries in 1990 with a grant from the Soros Foundation. Our work with the Carnegie Corporation of New York started in 2000; the foundation continues to fund the project today. We are currently working with nine Centers of Advanced Studies and Education (CASEs): Irkutsk State University CASE, Voronezh State University CASE, Baltic CASE, Novgorod State University CASE, Far Eastern National University CASE, Ural State University CASE, Southern Federal University (formerly Rostov) CASE, Tomsk State University CASE, and Saratov State University CASE. Support from the Carnegie Corporation also enables us to work with 13 institutions of higher learning in the FSU.

In 2010, we received a final two-year grant from Carnegie to work with six institutions of higher learning in sub-Saharan Africa: University of Ghana Legon, University of Education in Winneba, Hezekiah Oluwasanmi Library-Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Jos, University of Dar es Salaam, and Makerere University.

From the beginning, we have believed that libraries need to maintain collections of academic journals providing the most up-to-date information in every field, connecting scholars and students with the work of scholars elsewhere. Having this consistent flow of information guarantees a country or region access to a minimum level of current scholarship. This need was particularly great in 1990, the year of the collapse of the Soviet Union, which had banned access to a great deal of Western scholarship, particularly in the social sciences, but there is no question that the need continues to exist today. 

The primary goal of our extensive work in Russia, the FSU, and Africa is to maintain significant continuous journal archives, especially in the social sciences and humanities, at the institutions receiving our support.

List of libraries supported by funding from the Carnegie Corporation (PDF)

Journals received by libraries supported by the Carnegie Corporation (PDF)

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