RTI in Tanzania

Access to Information in Tanzania: Laws, Policies and Practice

By Lillian Nalwoga | Despite the absence of a Right to Information law in Tanzania, advancements in the adoption of Information and Communication technology (ICT) in the country are enabling wider information... 
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Is Kenya Putting the Chill on Internet Freedoms?

By Juliet Nanfuka The rights of Kenya’s digital citizens are fast shrinking in the face of new restrictive laws and increased arraignment of individuals for expressing online opinions which authorities... 
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Women And Internet Freedom In East Africa

On March 8, International Women’s Day was marked across the world under the theme “Make It Happen.” The OpenNet Africa initiative, which monitors and promotes internet freedom in Africa, participated... 
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Promoting Cultural and Artistic Expression in Africa

By Ashnah Kalemera As humans, individual artists enjoy rights enshrined in national laws and international instruments on freedom of expression, assembly and association. However, there are variations... 
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Here’s What CIPESA is Up To in 2015

ICT4Democracy in East Africa Network: With funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), CIPESA is coordinating this project, which includes sub-granting to the following... 
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Uganda Government Launches Open Data Readiness Assessment

By Ashnah Kalemera The government of Uganda has officially launched an Open Data Readiness Assessment (ODRA) study to review the country’s state of play of Open Government Data (OGD). The announcement... 
Media Training on AYG

Advancing the Right to Information Amongst Ugandan Journalists

Uganda’s Access to Information Act (ATIA), 2005 is gaining traction as more journalists and citizens become aware of how they could utilise it to demand for information from public offices. Last November,... 
The PRDP coordinator for Gulu district Ocen Peter listens to the LC3 of Odek Sub County Adebe Workorach during a talk show on the PRDP.

Promoting Community Dialogue on Service Delivery Failures in Northern Uganda

By Gladys Oroma | In 2014, the Collaboration on International Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) in partnership with the Northern Uganda Media Centre (NUMEC) launched a project to make Public... 
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Promoting Online Safety in Africa

The global community on February 10 marked Safer Internet Day which promotes safe and responsible use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) mainly amongst children and young people across... 
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Reflections on Uganda’s Draft Data Protection and Privacy Bill, 2014

Towards the end of 2014, Uganda’s government through the National Information Technology Authority (NITA-U), Ministry of Information Communication and Technology (MoICT) and the Ministry of Justice and... 

Access to Information in Tanzania: Laws, Policies and Practice

RTI in Tanzania
( 24th March 2015 ) By Lillian Nalwoga | Despite the absence of a Right to Information law in Tanzania, advancements in the adoption of Information and Communication technology (ICT) in the country are enabling wider information availability in the public domain. However, several impediments still stand in the way of citizens’ enjoyment of the right to information as guaranteed by the Constitution. According to a new report ... Read more »

Is Kenya Putting the Chill on Internet Freedoms?

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( 12th March 2015 ) By Juliet Nanfuka The rights of Kenya’s digital citizens are fast shrinking in the face of new restrictive laws and increased arraignment of individuals for expressing online opinions which authorities deem in breach of the law. The Security Laws (Amendment) Act 2014, assented to by President Uhuru Kenyatta last December, allows blanket admissibility in court of electronic messages and digital material regardless ... Read more »

Women And Internet Freedom In East Africa

Pic source: http://www.saintleo.edu/news-events/news/press-releases.aspx?page=4
( 10th March 2015 ) On March 8, International Women’s Day was marked across the world under the theme “Make It Happen.” The OpenNet Africa initiative, which monitors and promotes internet freedom in Africa, participated in a series of online discussions focused on women in the digital sphere. A shared theme across all discussions to mark the day was the call for greater protections of women’s ... Read more »

Promoting Cultural and Artistic Expression in Africa

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( 5th March 2015 ) By Ashnah Kalemera As humans, individual artists enjoy rights enshrined in national laws and international instruments on freedom of expression, assembly and association. However, there are variations between countries on what the laws provide for and the level of freedoms of creative, artistic and cultural expression that citizens enjoy. In Africa, various factors impact upon these freedoms – including political, religious, social-economic ... Read more »

Here’s What CIPESA is Up To in 2015

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( 3rd March 2015 ) ICT4Democracy in East Africa Network: With funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), CIPESA is coordinating this project, which includes sub-granting to the following partners: the Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance (Tanzania), iHub Research (Kenya), the Kenya Human Rights Commission, Women of Uganda Network, Toro Development Network, and Transparency International Uganda. The Network uses ICT to ... Read more »

Uganda Government Launches Open Data Readiness Assessment

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( 25th February 2015 ) By Ashnah Kalemera The government of Uganda has officially launched an Open Data Readiness Assessment (ODRA) study to review the country's state of play of Open Government Data (OGD). The announcement was made at a stakeholder meeting held at the Ministry of Finance Economic Planning and Development in Kampala on February 23, 2015. The launch was attended by representatives from civil ... Read more »

Advancing the Right to Information Amongst Ugandan Journalists

Media Training on AYG
( 24th February 2015 ) Uganda’s Access to Information Act (ATIA), 2005 is gaining traction as more journalists and citizens become aware of how they could utilise it to demand for information from public offices. Last November, journalists from 16 print and broadcast media houses were trained in using this law and the Ask Your Government (AYG) portal to address challenges related to accessing information ... Read more »

Promoting Community Dialogue on Service Delivery Failures in Northern Uganda

The PRDP coordinator for Gulu district Ocen Peter listens to the LC3 of Odek Sub County Adebe Workorach during a talk show on the PRDP.
( 15th February 2015 ) By Gladys Oroma | In 2014, the Collaboration on International Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) in partnership with the Northern Uganda Media Centre (NUMEC) launched a project to make Public Sector Information (PSI) more accessible and reusable by stakeholders such as citizens, civil society and the media in Northern Uganda. Focusing on the districts of Gulu, Nwoya and Amuru, which ... Read more »

Promoting Online Safety in Africa

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( 12th February 2015 ) The global community on February 10 marked Safer Internet Day which promotes safe and responsible use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) mainly amongst children and young people across the world. The day provided an opportunity to see what African stakeholders are doing in promoting access to the internet and ensuring that this access comes with a culture of digital safety ... Read more »