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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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 Study

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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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... 
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Understanding Information Flows in the Education Sector in Mayuge, Uganda

By Juliet Nanfuka A recently concluded Situational Analysis Report focusing on the Education Department in Mayuge District, Eastern Uganda, found that voids exist in the flow of information between citizens... 
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In Search of Local Knowledge on ICTS in Africa

By reviewing and comparing literature on the role of ICTs in statebuilding and peacebuilding in Africa, with a particular focus on neighboring Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia, this paper examines whether... 
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Citizens’ Use of ICTs in Social Accountability in Uganda’s Kasese District

By Ashnah Kalemera The eSociety Resource Centre Kasese is a community centre hosted by the Kasese district local government in Western Uganda. It acts as a one stop point for local government officials... 

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 »

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 Study

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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 »

Reflections on Uganda’s Draft Data Protection and Privacy Bill, 2014

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( 9th February 2015 ) 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 Constitutional Affairs (MOJCA) issued a draft Data Protection and Privacy Bill for public comment. The Bill seeks to protect the privacy of the individual and personal data by regulating the collection and processing ... Read more »

Understanding Information Flows in the Education Sector in Mayuge, Uganda

Mayuge SIT Report
( 1st February 2015 ) By Juliet Nanfuka A recently concluded Situational Analysis Report focusing on the Education Department in Mayuge District, Eastern Uganda, found that voids exist in the flow of information between citizens and leaders, leading to restricted participation in decision making processes. The poor flow of information in the sector has contributed to poor service delivery and a negative attitude amongst some members of ... Read more »

In Search of Local Knowledge on ICTS in Africa

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( 20th January 2015 ) By reviewing and comparing literature on the role of ICTs in statebuilding and peacebuilding in Africa, with a particular focus on neighboring Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia, this paper examines whether the claims of the transformative power of ICTs are backed by evidence and whether local knowledge – e.g., traditional mechanisms for conflict resolution – is taken into consideration by ICT-based ... Read more »