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OVERVIEW Authority.  The Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA) was established under the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Act 2003. Under the Act and the Regulations issued there under, the Authority is mandated to regulate  public procurement and disposal of public assets in the Uganda. The Authority regulates over 300...

The right of access to information is tightly linked to other fundamental rights such as access to education, health or food. It is also necessary for realising an open, transparent and accountable governance. Without information, citizens are unable to identify causes of poor public...

The Ghana parliament has postponed the debate on the RTI bill over fears of  possible abuse related to the exemption clauses. The decision has been taken in order to give parliamentarians room for extensive consultations. Members disagreed on one of the ten clauses relating to...

  Although elections and access to information are critical issues of governance, to access information on election funding is quite challenging in Uganda and Sengal. This is because of the absence of a law that mandates the practice. From the study conducted by AFIC...

  Public projects and contracts are intended to improve the lives and livelihoods of the citizens in the country. However, most of the public contracts in Uganda don’t fully achieve their goal due to political interference from leaders who have become the main beneficiaries instead...

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....

  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...

    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,...

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...

  The Togo National Assembly voted for a law on the freedom of access to information and public material. Although the constitution and other laws in Togo protect the freedom of speech and the press, enforcement has been problematic for a very long time....

  The Assembly of people’s representatives has overwhelmingly adopted the freedom of information law with a vote of 123-0 despite of no abstention. However, the bill has undergone several amendments before its passage and these include: • Bodies covered. Under Article 3,...

  The Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC) convened a two day General Assembly in Kampala, Uganda, from the 3-4 March 2016, during which its members elected a new Governing Council.   Those elected to the Governing Council are:  Mr. Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai (Executive Director...