Established in 2007 in Nigeria out of the Lagos Declaration on Freedom of Expression of 2005, the Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC) moved to Kampala in 2009 and registered under the Non-Governmental Organisations Registration Act, CAP. 113.
Over these years, AFIC has been successful in influencing or using regional and international mechanisms to address national, regional and international situations of Freedom of Expression and Access to Information.
Some of the results are; the adoption of the African Commission of Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) Resolution 222 on the expansion of Declaration of Principles of Freedom of Expression to include access to information and the Declaration of September 28 as International Day for Universal Access to Information by the UNESCO General Conference of November 2015.
AFIC has also successfully engaged the ACHPR and Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanisms through provision of shadow reports on the situation of Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Malawi, Angola, Namibia, Kenya, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Uganda, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. In Uganda, AFIC has successfully advocated for and worked with the Government to open up procurement data. Using this information, it has monitored contracts and provided feedback to the Government of Uganda.
AFIC and her membership that now numbers 40 organisations spread over 21 countries in Africa has generated vast knowledge, products and tools that have continued to inform and propel the advancement of citizens’ Access to Information. Through sharing of knowledge, experiences and resources, AFIC membership has grown broader and stronger to lead successful campaigns at continental and global scale.
We are grateful to our membership for the dedication and commitment to generating and sharing knowledge on Access to Information in Africa. We also deeply appreciate partners such as the World Bank Global Partnership for Social Accountability, the Democratic Governance Facility, Oxfam, Open Contracting Partnership, CoST and IFEX, among others, for supporting our work financially.
Our knowledge partners such is FOIAnet, APAI Working Group and AFEX continue to be a strong shoulder and inspiration.
We acknowledge and appreciate the partnership with the African Union especially the Department of Political Affairs, Directorate of Civil Society and Diaspora and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
We thank you for braving this path with us as we to live the dream of our founders.