Kenyan Assembly approves Access to Information bill

On Thursday 28th April, the Kenya National Assembly remarkably approved the Access to information Bill. The bill allows the public to seek for any information from government, and obligates public servants to make sure they provide that information, or risk bulky fines or jail terms. In addition, the bill gives government... Read more

Oaths of Secrecy a challenge in access to information and Open Contracting, Nebbi

During the stakeholder workshop on access to information and open contracting in Nebbi district, participants noted that public officials do not release information requested from them.  However, in shield one of the public officials, Patrick Wamala, senior education officer Nebbi, noted that the nature of contracts they signed do not permit... Read more

Ghana Court orders disclosures based on the Constitution provision

  A human rights court in Ghana has ordered for the disclosure of the controversial contract between the Ministry of Transport and Smartyy’s Productions for the rebranding of 116 buses, and documents relating to the contract, following legal action by seven Ghanaians and citing the below stated article. The ruling states: “…... Read more

Mali in the process of creating a media watchdog

    On Tuesday April 13th 2016, during the  58th Session, the ACHPR’s deliberated on Mali’s State Report.  The Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information and also the Chairperson to the commission appreciated the plurality of media in Mali. However, she sought clarity on some issues among which put... Read more

Redesigned Nigerian Website to receive online FOI requests

Right To Know (R2K), Nigeria and the Bureau for Public Service Reforms (BPSR) have launched a Freedom of Information portal designed to receive electronic FOI requests to the bureau. Being the first of its kind by any public institution in Nigeria, the innovative website has made it possible for the BPSR... Read more

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Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC) is a pan-African NGO and resource centre that promotes the right of access to information through comparative research, coordinating regional advocacy, facilitating information-sharing and capacity building.

On 22-23 September 2006, representatives of 30 civil society organisations from 16 countries in Africa met in Lagos to discuss ways to promote the right of access to information held by public authorities and, in particular, to share experiences regarding strategies for advancing the adoption of laws that fully protect this right. Read More...

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