THE DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE FACILITY:
Africa Freedom of Information Centre received a second grant and entered into an agreement with the Democratic Governance Facility to implement a two-year project titled, ”Enhancing Value for Money in Social Services through Open Contracting and Citizens’ Access to Information. AFIC will advocate for increased citizens’ demand for access to information and accountability; and enhanced government responsiveness to citizens’ demand for accountability in 10 select districts in Uganda.
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR DEMOCRACY:
Africa Freedom of Information Centre has received a grant from NED to implement an eighteen (18) months project; Improving transparency and accountability in electoral processes in Africa with focus The Gambia, Uganda and Zambia based on Guidelines on Access to Information and Elections in Africa. This is aimed at promoting citizens’ access to information in electoral processes, increasing citizens’ participation in electoral processes and enhancing disclosure and responsiveness of election management bodies and political parties of The Gambia, Uganda and Zambia by December 2022
Africa freedom of Information Centre (AFIC) in collaboration with OXFAM are implementing a project titled “An Efficient Public Finance System In Uganda: Promoting Fiscal Measures That Will Enhance Inclusive Growth And Active Participation Of The Citizenry”. The objective of the project is to contribute to increased public financing to social sectors, such as health, education, agriculture and social protection, with emphasis on addressing the needs of the vulnerable women, youth and men. The project is implemented in 15 districts including Agago, Gulu, Lamwo, Nwoya, Pader, Kotido, Kabong, Kumi, Serere, Soroti, Arua, Adjumani, Koboko, Nebbi and Yumbe.
Africa Freedom of Information Centre received a grant to implement a project titled, ‘‘Strengthening Disclosure and Citizen Participation to improve value for money in public contracting in Africa.” This is aimed at supporting Open Public Contracting In East And West Africa
OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATIONS’ RIGHT TO INFORMATION FUND:
The Right to Information Fund has so far provided two grants to AFIC. The first grant facilitated the setup and establishment of the organization and its implementation concluded at the end of June 2010. The second grant, “Towards a Coordinated Approach to the Promotion of the Right of Access to Information” commenced implementation in July 2010 and aims at enhancing the access to information research, strengthening coordination of access to information initiatives on the continent and advocacy towards the adoption and implementation of access to information legislation.
THE WORLD BANK INSTITUTE:
The World Bank Institute is funding three projects. First, Mainstreaming access to information on the Open Government Partnership (OGP) agenda in Africa. The project is implemented in Africa’s five OGP -Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Ghana and Liberia. It seeks to use the OGP platform to advance the right to information in Africa as well as strengthening civil society engagement in the development and implementation of OGP action plans. Second, WBI is funding the Uganda Contracts Monitoring Coalition (UCMC) which AFIC coordinates. The aim of this initiative is to promote third party monitoring of public contracts to ensure efficiency and value for money.
Lastly, WBI is supporting AFIC to promote open contracting and access to information in East Africa. AFIC is supporting national contracts monitoring coalitions in Zambia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania to access contracts for monitoring purposes and advocate for the right to information.
UNITED NATIONS OF OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS:
The Uganda Country Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is supporting AFIC to carry out a study whose aim is to determine the state of implementation of access to information legislation from the supply perspective. The outcome will facilitate a focused discussion on strengthening the institutional ability to respond.
FRIEDRICH EBERT STITUNG:
Friedrich Ebert Stitung is supporting AFIC to implement key actions to strengthen the demand and oversight for Access to Public Information. The main components of the intervention include strengthening the capacity of the National Coalition on Freedom of Information (COFI) , media, trade unions and political parties on making effective use of the Uganda Access to Information Act, 2005 under the broad framework of Article 41 of the Uganda Constitution, 1995.
The second focus of the project will target strengthening oversight mechanisms including work with Parliament and the Uganda Human Rights Commission. The intervention will ensure an active role of Parliament in promoting the right to information in Uganda as envisioned under Section 43 of the Uganda Access to Information Act, 2005.
The project will engage with Uganda Human Rights Commission on making the right of access to information central to its human rights work including setting up a right to the information desk, receiving and dealing with access to information issues and reporting to Parliament in the broad framework as established under Section 52 of the Ugandan constitution.