The Puku Children’s Literature Foundation is proud to announce that they have received one of seven African publishing funds selected for a share of the inaugural African Publishing Innovation Fund, set up as part of a partnership between the philanthropic organisation, Dubai Cares, and the International Publisher’s Association.

The winning bids were announced at the final session of the publishing conference at the Sharjah Book Fair.

Executive Director, Elinor Sisulu, spoke on behalf of the Puku Children’s Literature Foundation at the announcement of the awards, expressing appreciation of the recognition by Dubai Cares and the IPA to promote children’s literature in indigenous languages. She also highlighted that the award was a wonderful way for the Puku Children’s Literature Foundation to wrap up the UN’s declared International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019

Images: Dubai Cares Event at Sharjah International Book Fair Publishers Conference, 2019

Mrs Sisulu explained that the grant of $20 000 would enable Puku to continue to work on developing a comprehensive network of children’s literature reviewers through multilingual writing and review workshops. The best reviews will be uploaded on Puku’s online encyclopedia of local children’s books, the Pukupedia, available on the website at

Mrs Sisulu noted too, that beyond its monetary value, Puku is honoured at the prestige the award bestows and the collaboration provides valuable opportunities for networking between the successful projects.

Thank you, Dubai Cares.