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Three months of Sobanukirwa: some success but more work to do

Three months ago today, we officially launched Sobanukirwa.rw, the first access to information website in Rwanda.

Sobanukirwa helps Rwandan citizens to easily make use of the country’s access to information law which was passed in 2013. The website is free to use and available in English, Kinyarwanda or French.

Since our launch, 29 information requests have been posted on the site with four of them successfully answered by government information officers.

As a result, citizens in Rwanda now know the location of all health centres in the country, how many genocide denial cases have been taken to court in the last two years and how to get the contact details for any information officer in Rwanda. The health centre data has already been reused on healthsites.io, a project to help the public find health centres in any country.

This is good news but we are working hard with official from different organisations to help information officers understand more about Sobanukirwa so that they can help the public get access to all the information that they need.

We also have dozens of users who have set up accounts on Sobanukirwa to track authorities. This means that Sobanukirwa will alert those users by email as soon as any information is requested or released by organisations they are interested in.

If you have any questions about Sobanukirwa and how our website can help you, please email us or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter.

Or you can watch the Rise and Shine Rwanda video below to learn more about Sobanukirwa and the work we are doing:

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