From a commenter (and friend) I learn that any academic or not-for-profit institution in Africa can gain free access to JSTOR, the online repository of more than 1500 of the world’s top academic journals.
I assume this policy does not apply to African NGO offices with headquarters in the developed world, but the website does not say. Do comment if you know the policy, so our generous JSTOR friends don’t get too many identical emails.
So three cheers for JSTOR. Anyone know if others (e.g. Elsevier) do the same?
Now if only copyright agreements allowed the same for Google Books. (Failing that, I still think it’s feasible to allow textbooks and academic volumes more than a few years old to be printed copyright-free in Africa.)