Hub for Investigative Media (HIM) is implementing a project on the promotion of knowledge, usage and application of the Access to Information for 18 months with support from the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF). The project that began in August 2018 pursues three (3) specific objectives to realize its intended goal,namely:
(i) To strengthen citizens’ engagements in promoting government accountability through ATI;
(ii) To increase participation of citizens in decision making in line with ATI for responsive government programs; and
(iii) To increase involvement of citizens in identifying community ATI concerns and fundamental response.
One of the major purposes of the Access to Information Act 2005 is the promotion of an efficient, effective, transparent and accountable government. The same also empowers citizens to effective scrutinize and participate in government decisions that affect them.
The engagements during the project are targeting local government leaders, journalists and the public with special attention to youths, women and people with disabilities. Comprehensive knowledge on channels for accessing public information beyond LC 1 chairpersons and the District Information Officer/Offices shall be publicized. Awareness campaigns, capacity building and logistical support are being prioritized so as to create functional community structures.
The project is engaging communities in building sustainable structures which will continually evolve into the community knowledge base for information on citizens’ rights to access information in their community. This will also address gaps on the required government accountability mechanisms as well as procedures for accessing public information from leaders.
The project also focuses on building capacity of local leaders and developing sustainable community structures that will strengthen the responsibility of local leaders in providing government accountability towards Citizens. The ideal structures are to be integrated so as to promote knowledge on ATI as well as engage in advocacy for strengthened government accountability.
The project’s major focus is on building sustainable community voices and action related platforms that will work with duty bearers to enable citizens to actively take part in raising community concerns and issues about Access to Information (ATI). There is need to develop/strengthen community level structures that will enhance public accountability and step up the monitoring function of public services. The project will take up initiatives including logistical support towards activating these structures for improved participation of citizens. The project also engages and builds capacity of community leaders in undertaking participatory decision making.
The project puts in place more youth and the public targeted empowerment initiatives and strategies to enable them understand the mechanism for their involvement in government decision making for improvement in responsive and inclusive government decision-making process and service delivery.
This project covers 30 districts divided into 6 clusters
Central I cluster
Central II cluster
Western I cluster
Western II cluster