Support to National ATI Campaigns

The objective of this programme area is to improve the legal and policy environment for African citizens’ enjoyment of their fundamental right of access to information. Since 2010, five more African Union member states have adopted national access to information laws, bringing the number of countries with such laws to ten all of which are facing different implementation challenges.

The countries with RTI laws include South Africa, Zimbabwe, Angola, Uganda, Ethiopia, Liberia, Nigeria, Niger, Guinea Conakry and Tunisia. AFIC is supporting national ATI coalitions to create public awareness, monitor the status of implementation and compliance.

In this regard, AFIC has reviewed laws of Angola, Niger, Guinea-Conakry and Zimbabwe as well as draft bills Botswana, Zambia and Kenya at the request of its members and partners in these countries. These outputs will support advocacy in the countries concerned and elsewhere. Where laws are yet to be adopted, AFIC supports national coalitions in strengthening national campaigns.

This programme is being implemented with support from the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice in New York, the Right to Information Fund of the Open Society Foundations and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.

Technical Assistance and Capacity Strengthening of Members and CSO Partners

The objective of this programme area is to improve the legal and policy environment for African citizens’ enjoyment of their fundamental right of access to information. Since 2010, five more African Union member states have adopted national access to information laws, bringing the number of countries with such laws to ten all of which are facing different implementation challenges.
The countries with RTI laws include South Africa, Zimbabwe, Angola, Uganda, Ethiopia, Liberia, Nigeria, Niger, Guinea Conakry and Tunisia. AFIC is supporting national ATI coalitions to create public awareness, monitor the status of implementation and compliance.

In this regard, AFIC has reviewed laws of Angola, Niger, Guinea-Conakry and Zimbabwe as well as draft bills Botswana, Zambia and Kenya at the request of its members and partners in these countries. These outputs will support advocacy in the countries concerned and elsewhere. Where laws are yet to be adopted, AFIC supports national coalitions in strengthening national campaigns. This programme is being implemented with support from the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice in New York, the Right to Information Fund of the Open Society Foundations and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.

With more countries adopting national access to information laws and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights taking more interest in RTI issues, AFIC’s work is shifting towards helping its members and national coalitions to hold state parties accountable through the use of the African Union Human Rights mechanisms.

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