Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Freedom of Information together with Freedom of Expression are encompassed in the definition of the Right to information given by Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

The right of access to information is also upheld by the OAU’s African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, wherein Article 9 of the Charter states that:

  1. Every individual shall have the right to receive information.
  2. Every individual shall have the right to express and disseminate his opinions within the law.

Access to information is crucial for individuals and groups to make informed choices, hold their governments to account and interact with their environment. It is also a key enabler in the context of people’s access to development initiatives. Without access to information, individuals are not aware of services and programmes being provided and cannot participate in their development and implementation.

Access to information is crucial to achieve peaceful and inclusive societies. For instance, in many countries, lack of transparency on the planning, conduct, management and announcement of election results continues to be a major source of concern. In a number of unfortunate circumstances, the lack of information and resultant lack of trust has led to wide spread of violence.

Access to information is essential for citizens to access economic opportunities that are mainstreamed by their country economic growth, mineral industry, etc.

Access to information is crucial for rural communities to develop a sustainable and sufficient agriculture, to be more aware of the climate changes impacts, prepare safeguards and adapt their methods as well as access to market opportunities.

Access to information plays definitely a role in freedom of choice and public education quality. It enables citizens to be aware of the medicine, treatments and services available to them in the Health sector. It is especially predominant in the prevention area.

In addition, in countries were corruption is highly occurring, the health sector is one of the most affected. In that regard, citizens’ access to information also empowers them to ask for accountability in case of poor services delivery.

Access to libraries and internet are also crucial when it comes to the quality of the education. However, a large portion of the rural population is deprived of such access.

In that context, access to information and learning materials are definitely of importance to achieve inclusive an equitable quality education.

Access to information through researches, studies, analysis is key for development of new technologies and building a solid industry. It provide an enabling environment for investment, trust and stability of the market. It provide the private sector crucial information on the market and enable them to develop their capacity accordingly.

Access to information can contribute to advance the access of vulnerable people to resources, employment, social services and political space and therefore reduce inequality within countries.

Interested applicants fill and submit online application form. On receipt of the application the Secretariat processes and causes discussion of received applications at the next scheduled Board/Steering Committee meeting. Upon approval applicants, receive feedback on their applications from the Secretariat. Application form can be accessed at this link: Online Membership Registration Form

Alternatively, an organization or individual can become a member of AFIC following its invitation by the AFIC Steering Committee, taking into consideration such organization’s standing and potential contribution to the growth of AFIC. Where this is the case, the decision shall be arrived at by consensus of all SC members present at the meeting.

To facilitate decision making, applications are encouraged to provide websites or referees where additional information about their work could be found.

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