African Network of Constitutional Lawyers (ANCL)
ANCL is an association of judges, lawyers, academics, activists, NGOs, research or academic institutes and bar associations that are interested in constitutional law and the development of constitutionalism in African countries. It is an affiliate of the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL).
ANCL believes transparency is a driver of constitutional accountability and has therefore been active in several access to information initiatives on the continent. AFIC and ANCL jointly organised a conference of FOI researchers and practitioners from October 23-24, 2010 in Kampala In addition, AFIC and ANCL have partnered in conducting FOI studies in Mali and Senegal www.ancl-radc.org.za
Centre for Human Rights, Pretoria, South Africa
Based at the University of Pretoria, Centre for Human Rights promotes human rights education in Africa, creates greater awareness of human rights, disseminates widely human rights publications and promotes the improvement of the rights of women, people living with HIV, indigenous peoples, sexual minorities and other disadvantaged or marginalised persons or groups across the continent.
Centre for Human Rights joined AFIC in May 2011 and together with AFIC in collaboration with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa are organizing a regional dialogue on ratification of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance as well as the promotion of access to information in Eastern Africa. www.chr.up.ac.za
Center for Media Studies and Peace Building, Liberia
The Center for Media Studies and Peace Building (CEMESP) was founded in March 2000 with a primary goal is to consolidate peace, freedom of expression, democracy and development and increase the space for participatory governance of the media in holistic peace building and development at all levels of society. CEMESP was instrumental in campaigning for the adoption of a freedom of Information law in Liberia. Liberia was the first country in West Africa to adopt a Freedom of Information law and its success has inspired countries such as Nigeria, Niger and Guinea to follow suit. CEMESP joined AFIC in May 2011. www.cemespliberia.org
Citizens Governance Initiatives, Cameroon
Citizens Governance Initiative (CGI) works to address the absence of opportunities for citizens’ participation in governance in Cameroon and in Central Africa. Its coordinator, Ms Agnès Ebo’o has since AFIC’s inception contributed immensely towards the development of AFIC as a regional Access to Information centre. www.citizens-governance.org
Comité des Droits de l’Homme et Développement (CODHOD), Democratic Republic of Congo
CODHOD, an association of NGOs combating poverty and injustice in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), joined AFIC in May 2011. CODHOD is at the fore of advocacy activities for the promotion of the right to information in the Congo. They are currently undertaking an FOI study with ODAC in the country, developed a draft Access to Information Bill which they are lobbying to have parliament consider as a private member’s Bill. CODHOD has conducted several FOI workshops aimed at improving transparency in local government structures in the country www.codhod.blogspot.com
Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, Ghana
Located in Accra, Ghana the Africa Office of Commonwealth Human Rights has evolved into a strong NGO and an important part of the struggle for human rights in Ghana and commonwealth West Africa hosts the secretariat of the Ghana’s Right to Information Coalition. CHRI’s Regional Coordinator, Ms Caroline Nalule joined AFIC Board as member in the last quarter of 2010. Together with AFIC and the national coalition, CHRI is campaigned for the fast tracking of the consideration of Ghana’s Freedom of Information Bill that is before Parliament www.humanrightsinitiative.org
Human Rights Network- Uganda
The Human Rights Network Uganda (HURINET-U) joined AFIC as a founding member and its Advocacy Manager, Mr. Patrick Tumwine is AFIC’s Treasurer. HURINET played a key role in helping AFIC register and get established in Uganda. HURINET plays a key role in advocating for the effective implementation of the Uganda Access to Information Act, 2005 and is the secretariat of the coalition of freedom of information (COFI). COFI brings together over thirty five civil society and media organizations promoting access to information in Uganda. AFIC has worked with HURINET and supported COFI’s various advocacy campaigns including right to know day activities, training of journalists, information, political parties, information request campaigns and training of trainers workshops www.hurinet.or.ug
International Commission of Jurists, Kenya
The Kenyan Section of the International Commission (ICJ- Kenya) was part of the September 2006 Lagos Declaration that established AFIC. Its Programme Officer, Ms Anne Nderi is Secretary of AFIC Board. AFIC has worked closely with ICJ- Kenya in promoting the right to information in the country. In August 2011 the two organizations together with the Human Rights Centre of the University of Pretoria will be organizing a regional dialogue on the ratification of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance as well as the promotion of Access to Information in eastern Africa www.icj-kenya.org
International Federation of Journalists, Senegal
International Federation of Journalists, Africa Office is a founder member of AFIC and its Africa Regional Director, Mr. Gabriel Ayite Baglo, is the Vice Chairperson on AFIC Board of Directors.
The IFJ Africa Office was established in January 2002 and has been strengthening national unions and associations on the continent. The IFJ Africa Office has in its fold more than 30 member organizations on the continent and focuses on the development of independent and quality journalism in support of democratic, social and economic development. Its main activities include: trade union development, safety of journalists, relationship with public authorities and professional challenges.
The right to information enables journalists to report accurately in a secure environment as such AFIC has worked with the various members of IFJ national associations in the advancement of RTI at national and regional level. Both organizations together with other sister organizations are members of the Windhoekplus20 campaign http://africa.ifj.org/en
Media Foundation for West Africa, Ghana
A leader in promoting and defending freedom of expression in West Africa, Media Foundation of West Africa (MFWA) was part of the Lagos Declaration that established AFIC. It’s Programme Officer for Media Law Reform and Legal Defence Mrs Ugonna Ukaigwe joined AFIC Board in January 2011 and has brought wealth of experience and expertise to the organization. Together with AFIC and other actors in the region MFWA has implemented campaigns targeting national governments, African Commission on Human and peoples’ Rights as well as other African Union organs www.mediafound.org
Media Institute for Southern Africa (MISA)
Based in Windhoek, Namibia, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) was admitted to the membership of AFIC in May 2011. MISA has chapters and membership in the eleven Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries. Its work focuses primarily on the promotion of free, independent and pluralistic media, as envisaged in the 1991 Windhoek Declaration. Currently MISA is leading the Windhoekplus20 campaign of which AFIC and its other members: ODAC, IFJ, MFWA and MRA are part of. The campaign advocates for the adoption of the continental Africa Platform on Access to Information. www.misa.org
Media Institute for Southern Africa (MISA) – Zimbabwe
A chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa MISA Zimbabwe joined AFIC in May 2011. Its main areas of focus are promotion of media freedom, independent and ethical journalism; skills training for media workers and advocating for a conducive policy environment for media professionals to work. www.misazim.co.zw
Media Rights Agenda, Nigeria
Media Rights Agenda (MRA) was established in 1993 as an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization for the purpose of, among other things, promoting and protecting media freedom and freedom of expression in Nigeria. As part of its campaign MRA together with Right to Know Nigeria and other activists coordinated campaigns for the adoption of the Nigeria Freedom of Information law. Media Rights Agenda played a key role in the organizing of a regional conference that gave birth to both the Lagos Declaration and Africa Freedom of Information Centre and together with AFIC and other organizations are part of the Windhoekplus20 campaign that is advocating for the adoption of a continental access to information instrument. www.mediarightsagenda.net
Open Democracy Advice Centre, South Africa (ODAC)
The Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC) is a founder member of AFIC and its Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Dimba Mukelani is the Chairperson of the Board of AFIC. Established in the year 2000, ODAC is a section 21 non-profit company based in Cape Town with a mission of promoting open and transparent democracy; fostering a culture of corporate and government accountability; and assisting people in South Africa to be able to realize their human rights. ODAC provides practical and niche services to individuals and organisations with a social justice agenda to help citizens access their rights in respect of three key pieces of legislation: The Protected Disclosures Act 2000 (PDA); The Promotion of Access to Information Act 2000 (PAIA) and the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act 2000 (PAJA) Signed by the President on 3 February 2000.
ODAC staff has also actively supported access to information work across the continent through implementing research in DRC and Angola as well as reviewing and supporting legislative processes in a number of African countries.
As a member and chairperson of AFIC, ODAC has provided the necessary support and guidance for the new organization. Together with AFIC the organization organized a panel of experts meeting in the SADC sub region at which strategies to advance the right of access to information in the sub region was discussed. Both organizations are members of the Windhoekplus20 campaign promoting the African Platform on Access to Information. www.opendemocracy.org.za
Open Society Justice Initiative, Nigeria
The Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) uses law to protect and empower people around the world. Through litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance, the Justice Initiative promotes human rights and builds legal capacity for open societies. AFIC has received support from OSJI and collaborates with the Initiative in a number of access to information research and advocacy projects on the continent www.soros.org/initiatives/justice
Right to Know Nigeria
Right to Know (R2K) Nigeria is a dynamic organisation championing the right to access officially held information at all levels of government public institutions in Nigeria. The organization was part of the campaign that successfully advocated for the adoption of the Nigerian Freedom of Information law. Right to Know Nigeria joined AFIC at the beginning of 2010 www.r2knigeria.org
Society for Democratic Initiatives, Sierra Leone
Society for Democratic Initiatives (SDI) works to promote accountability and transparency in governance as well as the promotion and protection of people’s right with emphasis on women and children’s right. SDI is the leader of the campaign for the adoption of freedom of information law in Sierra Leone and joined AFIC in May 2010 www.sfdi-sl.org
South African History Archive (SAHA)
The South African History Archive (SAHA) is an independent human rights archive dedicated to documenting and providing access to archival holdings that relate to past and contemporary struggles for justice in South Africa. Its main access to information activities include provision of advice and guidance to researchers, other individuals and organisations wishing to make PAIA requests to either a public or private body; assistance with submission of PAIA requests, including requests to access apartheid-era security files; assistance with submission of internal appeals upon refusal of access and assessment of possible litigation and availability of legal services where internal appeals are rejected by a body and access to information is refused. SAHA’s access to information toolkit has been adopted for use in a variety of environments on the continent www.saha.org.za
Article 19 West Africa
Article 19 East Africa
ARTICLE 19 “is an international human rights organization which defends and promotes freedom of expression and freedom of information all over the world. ARTICLE 19 has produced a set of international principles – to set a standard against which anyone can measure whether domestic laws genuinely permit access to official information.
The Tanzania Citizens’ Information Bureau (TCIB) is a non-profit organization established to advance the education and participation of citizens in the promotion, protection and consolidation of democratic principles through access to appropriate and independently researched information about political, economic and social policies and issuesTCIB is dedicated to educating, researching and providing information on citizenry to all Tanzanians in general and young people in particular
TCIB is guided by a Board of Directors in consultation with a National Advisory Panel
TCIB stakeholders include individuals and organisations in Tanzania interested in the promotion of citizenry education and competence building
Association for Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS)
The Association for Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS) was formed in 2003 by editors and owners of the leading media outlets in South Sudan to help address the news and information void in the country and the lack of capacity by local journalists to report on the issues of human rights, good governance, freedom of expression and democracy.
A poor understanding of the role and responsibilities of the media by those soon to be in government in South Sudan was also an issue AMDISS was determined to address and this remains one of our priorities today as the country takes its first steps as an independent nation.
We also offer training and mentoring to improve the skills of local journalists; help develop policy framework and media laws; and run the Media and Resource Centre, a gathering place for the local and international press that is housed in our Media Development Institute (MDI) in South Sudan’s capital Juba.
Centre for Media Freedom in the Middle East and North Africa (CMF MENA)
The Centre for Media Freedom in the Middle East and North Africa (CMF MENA) is an independent regional non-governmental organisation dedicated to the defence of journalists and the promotion of media freedom in the Middle East and North Africa.
CMF MENA is striving to create the first regional network of media freedom defenders. Working partnerships have been, and are being, formed with independent groups and organisations across the region involved in defending media freedom. In the realm of access to information, CMF-MENA was instrumental in advocacy that led to protection of the right to information in Morocco’s new constitution adopted in June 2011.
With AFIC, CMF-MENA has participated in several FOI campaigns in Africa and at global level. Both organisations participated in events that culminated in the adoption of the African Platform on Access to Information (APAI) Declaration at the Pan-African Conference on Access to Information that was held in Cape Town, South Africa from 19-21 September 2011.
Public and Private Development Centre
Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC) is a Nigeria Citizenship sector organization, formerly called Public and Private Right Watch (PPRW). Established in 2001, major activities are in the area of Anti-corruption, good governance, promotion of increased citizenship participation in a way that supports prevention, detection and reporting of corruption.
Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation
The Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) was founded by Malawian exiles in 1991. It was a pressure group that helped in bringing political changes in the country. It was registered as an NGO in February 1995. Its formation was a response to an increasing need and demand to address civic and human rights issues in the country. CHRR strives to address internationally recognised political, economic, social and cultural rights. Further to this, CHRR strives to enhance knowledge and observance of human rights, through education and training, research and documentation, legal aid, exchange of information and experience, advocacy and networking. In order to achieve this, CHRR is involved in a number of activities including civic education campaigns through radio programmes, organizing workshops and debates, conducting social studies, producing quarterly newsletters and other education materials, lobbying for specific parliamentary bills, providing legal aid and advice to vulnerable groups. Some of the major achievements are that CHRR has been granted observer status in the African Commission of Human and Peoples’ Rights, produced civic education materials which are widely used by other institutions.
Uganda Road Sector Support Initiative (URSSI)
Uganda Road Sector Support Initiative (URSSI) was established in 2009 to facilitate coherent and timely development and planning of road transport and urban development in Uganda with particular emphasis on roads, municipal planning and sustainable transport management in rural and urban areas.
It champions and promotes best practices in international urban development and management. URSSI carries out research, advocacy and dissemination of information on issues related to road development budget by offering an unbiased look at how funds are allocated and spent in this sub-sector; it monitors procurement processes to ensure transparency in the tendering and award of contracts.
URSSI was part of the AFIC-led civil society engagement with the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) Review Team that visited Uganda in March 2011. URSSI is also an active member of the Uganda Contracts Monitoring Coalition (UCMC), an initiative supported by the World Bank Institute to enhance public contracts performance in Uganda. AFIC is interim convener of this Coalition. http://urssiuganda.webs.com
University of Botswana