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Sierra Leone

Right to Access Information Law (SL0010)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Sierra Leone Action Plan for 2014-2016

Action Plan Cycle: 2014

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: Ministry of Information and Communication

Support Institution(s): Open Government Initiative

Policy Areas

Access to Information, Capacity Building, Legislation & Regulation, Right to Information

IRM Review

IRM Report: Sierra Leone End-of-Term Report 2014-2016, Sierra Leone IRM Progress Report 2014-2015

Starred: Yes Starred

Early Results: Did Not Change

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information , Technology

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

The Right to Access Information Act was passed in October, 2013 as part of Government’s response to a clarion call to improve transparency across Government by making information readily available and accessible. Government has worked collaboratively with civil society and donor partners to develop the Right to Access Information Act and implementation has leveraged on support from partners; however, we need to put pressure to ensure full implementation. GoSL is vested in ensuring that the Right to Access Information Act tenets take root in Sierra Leone and engender greater transparency in Government wide transactions. Some training has been undertaken of Information Officers and a Right to Access Information Act implementation readiness assessment is currently underway but the process needs to be supported and nurtured to achieve the desired results. Actions Required/Milestones for Completion:
a) Regulations to implement the Right to Access Information Act developed.
b) 250 public information officers in 13 Districts within the first year of implementation trained.
c) Public sensitization campaigns launched for both Government and non-government users.
d) Public Information Commission established with Commissioner(s) identified.


Commitments

Open Government Partnership