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.
Expanding and deepening the ATI knowledge base in Africa is critical. It is essential to inform advocacy for good ATI laws, strengthen implementation and inform decision-making.
There is growing efforts and attention to promoting proactive disclosure of data held by the government in key areas such as budgets, procurement, licensing, extractives among others.
Whereas targets have been developed, knowledge on what constitutes implementation of ATI laws is yet to be garnered.
Through different approaches, AFIC and its members have successfully supported campaigns in Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Sierra Leone and Cote d’Ivoire.
AFIC’s experience is that regional and international human rights and accountability mechanisms play an important complementary role to national frameworks.