In fulfilment of the criteria for the Final Citizen Engagement Project, this page is the digital artefact text regarding the Right to Information Act of Namibia Project. All the other pages on this site act as supplementary and supporting material to this assignment as well as future projects but are not part of this (497) word count.
With knowledge gleaned from this online course I am starting a Citizen Engagement Group in Namibia called CAP (Citizen Action Project) Namibia.
CAP Namibia will advocate a call for the ACCESS TO INFORMATION (ATI) Law in Namibia for this Final Course Assignment to initiate a functional project to be implementable in real life.
Citizen Action Project-CAP in Namibia is to insist on the passing of an ACCESS TO INFORMATION (ATI) Law in Namibia, as the current legislative framework is not conducive to facilitating the right of citizens to access information as there is currently no access to information law in place in Namibia.
According to IPPR and the Action Coalition , Namibia’s Constitution, whilst guaranteeing the right to Freedom of Expression, does not expressly provide for the right to access to information. Namibia’s legal environment is predominantly skewed in favour of promoting secrecy, with apartheid legislation, such as the Protection of Information Act 1982, still awaiting repeal.
- Societal problems addressed: Since Namibia’s Independence on 21 March 1990, the country doesn’t have Access to Information through an Access to Information Act. Government decision-making is not transparent and citizens can not hold the government accountable on inefficiency in service provisions, corruption and enrichment of a New Political Elite.
- Objectives of Citizen Action Project Namibia: Educating and assist with engaging citizens throughout Namibia to understand their right to know and their right to access to public information held by government. This is envisaged in coalition with other Civil Society Organisations (ACTION Coaltion of Namibia) aimed at the government supported by Citizen Right to Know awareness Campaigns.
- Positive Change Envisioned: Access to information, improved service provision, less corruption and poverty alleviation, closing of wealth disparity gap.
- Review the Policy Paper to ensure that its provisions are drafted in language which makes it clear that the public have the right to access information and the government a duty to ensure they can obtain such access.
- Broaden the scope of the Policy Goals section so that it reads: The main goals is to create and maintain an environment and economy in which public, media, civil society organisations and commercial stakeholders operate to produce and exchange information for all without hindrance.
- Insert a statement that acknowledges that the Government itself is to ensure that everyone has access to accurate and timely information about its policies, decision-making and public spending.
- An additional policy paper that addresses right to information as a separate , independent issue and that lays out a detailed Government implementation plan aligned to the Harambee Prosperity Plan.
Additional Digital Artefacts for this Final Project:
- I added a RSS Feed display on the right of this site: Citizen Action News
- Twitter account #capnamibia