Third Chapter February Update



by Clare Doyle

The Third Chapter team had a call recently with our partner Knowledge Unlatched during which we were discussing the work of the Open Research Library (ORL), which is planned to include all Open Access book content worldwide on one platform for user-friendly discovery, offering a seamless experience navigating more than 20,000 Open Access books.

One topic that came up in our conversation was the perennial issue of obstacles faced by scholars in the Global South when it comes to publishing their work—echoes by many conversations with Third Chapter’s African Scholars Advisory Board. So it’s encouraging to see titles on the ORL list that highlight the African story told by Africans. For instance, there are several volumes from the Cape Town-based publisher AOSIS, with books on the ORL list having a focus on ethics, religious studies and education, for example titles such as Theology at the University of Pretoria – 100 years and Self-Directed Learning for the 21st Century: Implications for Higher Education. 

African Minds, another publisher represented on the ORL list, publishes predominantly in the social sciences and its authors are typically African academics or those with a close affinity with the continent. The University in Africa and Democratic Citizenship and Emerging Solutions for Musical Arts Education in Africa are two examples of African Minds title available via the ORL list. 

Among the many lessons driven home by the events of the past year is the intrinsic interconnectedness of our world. No country can—or should—live in isolation from the rest of the planet. But the Global North tends to dominate the global conversation. Initiatives such as the Open Research Library will be a valuable tool in assisting voices from the South to be heard.

Third Chapter is Now Registered for Amazon Smile Donations

Blog, Updates

by Clare Doyle

What changes economic disparity and fosters a strong society is education? To put our project into context, you need to look at the community we are serving. Six percent of eligible-aged Africans are enrolled in post-secondary education compared to 70% in developed nations. That number has doubled since 2000 but funding still lags far behind (Economist, August 10, 2019). In the United States alone, we spend $135.5 billion annually on higher education. Sub-Saharan Africa is made up of 46 countries and collectively the number is $5 billion, which represents almost 7% (Grand View Research, 2018).

The Third Chapter Project is now registered as a charitable organization with the Amazon Smile program. If you shop via Amazon, and would like Amazon to donate a percentage of what you spend on the site to Third Chapter, simply go to, and click the “Get Started” button. Log in with your Amazon credentials, and, when prompted, pick The Third Chapter Project, Inc, as your charitable organization. Many Amazon purchases are eligible for Amazon Smile donations and if you look underneath the product information you will see a badge “Eligible for amazon smile donation” if this is the case. You don’t need to do anything else—order the product as usual and Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to Third Chapter. There are no fees and no extra cost to you! 

Once you’ve selected Third Chapter as your charitable organization, just remember to go to in future when you want to shop on Amazon—we suggest bookmarking the link for convenience. It’s an easy way to donate to Third Chapter and to support our mission to facilitate access to leading scholarly content in the social sciences and humanities among under-served academic institutions in Africa. Every donation counts!