Lack of citizens’ access to information continues to hamper the realization of sustainable development in Africa. Corruption and inefficiency denies millions of women, men, youth, children and people with disabilities basic services and rights especially health, education and food security; their participation in public decision-making including planning, budgeting and elections is uninformed while their ability to hold official accountable is untenable without information.
The right to information for every individual is recognized by six African Union treaties including the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, African Union Convention Against Corruption, African Union Youth Charter, African Charter on Values and Principles of Public Service and Administration and the African Charter on Statistics. Also, international and regional Human Rights Instruments such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights have for a long period recognized this right.
With Support from UN-OHCHR, AFIC is engaging various duty bearers in Africa to take practical measures to ensure that public access to information is a reality. The global commemoration of the IDUAI presents immense opportunities to raise awareness and engage with key stakeholders on the significance of the right to information in enabling the realization of all SDGs.
AFIC will facilitate a campaign to advocate for the right of access to information and commemoration of the IDUAI on 28th September 2021 in Uganda. During this campaign AFIC will advocate for the adoption and effective implementation of right to information laws in Uganda and beyond and raise awareness on the significance of the right to information in realization of Sustainable Development Goals as whole with specific emphasis on SDG 16.10.2.