BrandArena: 'Ask Your Government' website launches in Uganda

Thursday 4 September 2014

'Ask Your Government' website launches in Uganda

The 'Ask Your Government' website is aimed at promoting Ugandan citizens' right to information in support of transparency, accountability and good governance.

It is an initiative of the Office of the Prime Minister, in partnership with Africa Freedom of Information Centre and the Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa.

The launch was officiated by Hon. Rose Namayanja Nsereko, Minister of Information and National Guidance who highlighted the changes that government has undertaken in improving information availability within government and amongst Ugandan citizens. She noted, "The tool avails to Ugandans an opportunity to access public information. We as government can also use the platform when planning by identifying the types of information that citizens most request." She also added that the platform will increase public scrutiny of the Ugandan government and enhance transparency and accountability to citizens.

Ask Your Government in Uganda follows a general and world trend, we just need to visit the Alavateli website and we will see that it has been replicated in 18 countries enabling more that 200,000 public information requests. And leaving us with interesting and successful project like in Spain and in United Kingdom or which covers the whole Europe.

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