This collaboration between WACREN, DOAJ and CVCNU aims to raise awareness of the importance of publishing research in local open access journals and books for policymakers, scholars and publishers in Nigeria. The webinar will highlight the advantages of open access and discuss some open access publishing systems in place. It will outline why governments must take the first step and adapt their policies and reward systems to acknowledge local open access venues as valuable output. However, this is only possible with proven quality assessment systems for open access journals and books. The speaker will then explain the criteria and application procedures for DOAJ and DOAB and take questions from the audience.