Your Right to Know

A Resource Guide for Accessing Information

ATI Toolkit

This platform is dedicated to equipping you with the knowledge and tools necessary to effectively exercise your right to access to information, using Namibia’s Access to Information Act 8 of 2022.

In an era where transparency and accountability are paramount, understanding how to navigate access to information laws is crucial for fostering an informed and engaged citizenry.

This toolkit is designed to assist those seeking to uncover the layers of public data, policies, and governmental procedures. Whether you are a journalist, activist, researcher, or simply a concerned citizen, this resource is tailored to demystify the legal frameworks and streamline the process of obtaining vital information. Through this resource, we aim to bridge the gap between the public and the often complex legal mechanisms that govern information access. By empowering individuals with the ability to seek and obtain information, we foster a culture of transparency, enhance public participation in governance, and contribute to the broader agenda of social justice and accountability.

The development of this toolkit is a collaboration between us, the ACTION Namibia Coalition, and the Institute for Public Policy Research, generously supported by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives.

Booklet 1 in this series outlines the scope and principles of the Access to Information Act and introduces the officials who administer it.

Booklet 2 explains how to request access to information, step by step.

Booklet 3 explains your options if your request for information is denied.