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Tuesday, May 17 • 16:00 - 16:45
The Role of Access to Information in achieving SDG's LIMITED

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This Presentation will rotate around the availability of Access to Information (ATI) and Freedom of Information (FoI) laws in different countries in the world, and how these laws can be put to use to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. Case studies will be picked from Uganda, and how the SDG_implementing agencies in Uganda can use the ATI Act of 2005, which among other things promotes civic participation in government programmes, which in many cases has been the missing link in ensuring successful implementation of government progrmmes.
On the other hand, the ATI Act in Uganda obliges government to disclose information to the public, both mandatory and upon request. However, this law has not been put to use basically because of ignorance on the demand side (the general public) and the supply side (government agencies). Promoting awareness of the ATI law and its provisions both in the demand and supply sides will go a long way in contributing to the achievement of the SDG's.


Edward Ronald Sekyewa

Executive Director, Hub for Investigative Media (HIM)
Edward Ronald Sekyewa is the Executive Director of Hub for Investigative Media based in Kampala, Uganda.

Tuesday May 17, 2016 16:00 - 16:45 EAT
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