New Grant: Rwandan FOI Platform

Indigo Trust

While Sweden may have passed its first piece of FOI legislation in the 18th century, it’s taken most of the rest of the world quite a while to catch up. Having passed its legislation in 2013, Rwanda is one of the more recent entrants to the FOI community, but it’s apparent that civil society there is interested in making the most of this new legislation. That’s why we’re delighted to announce a grant of £20,205 to Tumenye Digital to support the development, maintenance and advertising of a site allowing Rwandan citizens to make FOI requests to government agencies and selected private sector organisations. Using mySociety code, the new website quickly allows people to search and find existing requests or to submit their own. The funding that Indigo provides will be used to cover salary costs, website design and also outreach, training and marketing. Part of the funding is also…

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Coverage of Sobanukirwa website launch

Two weeks ago, we officially launched our new Sobanukirwa access to information website in Rwanda at the Umubano Hotel in Kigali.

We were very pleased to welcome all our guests from different organisations, NGOs and the media. We hope everyone found the session interesting.

Thanks to the journalists from Igihe, the New Times, Ventures Africa, the Rwanda Focus, Izuba Rirashe, RwandaPost and other organisations who wrote about the launch. And thanks also to Rise and Shine Rwanda for featuring us on their TV breakfast show:

Get in touch with our team on Twitter, Facebook or via email if you have any questions about how Sobanukirwa works or how you could use the website.

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Ikaze kuri sobanukirwa, urubuga ruguha uburyo bushyashya bwo gusaba no kubona amakuru yerekeye u Rwanda

Murakaza neza kuri sobanukirwa.rw, urubuga ruguha uburyo bushyashya bwo kubona amakuru yerekeye u Rwanda.

Sobanukirwa ni urubuga rwakozwe kugira ngo byorohere buri wese gushaka no gusaba amakuru inzego za reta n’imiryango yigenga bikorera mu Rwanda nta kiguzi bigusabye.

Ibi byose byashobotse kubera itegeko ryo mu mwaka wa 2013 ryorohereza bantu kubona amakuru ryatowe na Guverinoma y’u Rwanda rigamije “gufasha rubanda ndetse n’abanyamakuru kugera ku makuru yo mu nzego zigengwa na leta n’izigenga”.

Twakoze urubuga sobanukirwa.rw kugira ngo ubashe gusaba amakuru mu nzego amagana bitabaye ngombwa kugira amakuru ncagagure ku muntu wakwiyambaza mu buyobozi runaka kandi bitanagusabye kuva i Kantarange uje kubaza amakuru ku biro i Kigali. Mu buyobozi ushobora kubonaho amakuru ku rubuga rwacu harimo Minisiteri zo mu Rwanda, Ibigo bya leta, intara, uturere ndetse na buri biro by’umurenge mu gihugu.

Icyo usabwa gusa kugira usabe kandi wohereze ibijyanye n’ibyo wifuza kumenya ni ukuduha imeli yawe (tuyigira ibanga) n’izina winjiriraho. Izina winjiriraho rishobora kuba izina ryawe bwite cyangwa irindi wahitamo. Hanyuma , wandika icyo ushaka gusaba; sobanukirwa ikazakigeza aho kigomba kujya kandi igihe wahawe igisubizo tugahita tubikumenyesha binyuze kuri imeli yawe.

Kugira ngo twizere kandi dushimangire neza ko rubanda rubona amakuru uko yakabaye, sobanukirwa.rw ishyira ku rubuga rwayo amakuru yasabwe n’ibisubizo byatanzwe ku buryo wabibona unyuze ku mbuga zishakisha no ku rubuga rwacu. Dufite ingamba zo kurinda ibiranga abantu n’incagagure z’uko abakoresha sobanukirwa baboneka kugira ngo ukoresha uru rubuga atagaragaza ibimwerekeyeho igihe ari bwo buryo yahisemo.

Uru rubuga kandi rwahinduwe mu ndimi eshatu zikoreshwa mu Rwanda – Icyongereza, Ikinyarwanda n’Igifaransa kugira ngo abantu bose bashobore kurukoresha mu rurimi ruboroheye.

Sobanukirwa yakozwe na Tumenye ifatanyije na Open Democracy and Sustainable Development Initiative (ODESUDI). Turateganya gukorana n’urwego rw’umuvunyi kuko ari rwo rushinzwe gukurikirana uburyo itegeko ryo gutanga amakuru mu Rwanda ryubahirizwa.

Uramutse ugize ikibazo ku mikoreshereze ya Sobanukirwa, ushobora gusoma ibijyanye n’ubufasha cyangwa ukatugeraho wifashishije urubuga rwacu, Twita cyangwa Fesibuki. Twizeye ko uru rubuga ruza kubagirira akamaro.

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Welcome to Sobanukirwa, an access to information website in Rwanda

Welcome to sobanukirwa.rw, a new access to information website in Rwanda.

Sobanukirwa is designed to make it easy for anyone to find or request information from public and private organisations in Rwanda for free.

This is possible thanks to the 2013 access to information law passed by the Rwandan government to “enable the public and journalists to access information possessed by public organs and some private bodies”.

We have built sobanukirwa.rw so that you can request information from hundreds of organisations without needing to know the details of the person to contact at that authority and without having to move from remote locations to central offices or Kigali. These authorities include Rwanda’s ministries, provinces and districts as well as every sector office in the country.

All you need to do to submit a request is give us your email address (which we’ll keep private) along with a username that can be your real name or a pseudonym. Then you write your request and Sobanukirwa will do all the work of sending it to the right place as well as alerting you by email as soon as you receive a response.

To ensure that everyone benefits from the release of public information, sobanukirwa.rw makes all information requests and replies available on the web so that they can be found using search engines and on our website. But we take careful steps to protect the identities and contact details of our users so that you can use the site without revealing personal information if you choose not to.

The website has also been translated into the three national languages of Rwanda – English, Kinyarwanda and French – so that all citizens can use it, no matter which language they speak.

sobanukirwa.rw has been co-created by Tumenye, a civic technology company based in Kigali, and the Open Democracy and Sustainable Development Initiative (ODESUDI). We have also worked with the Office of the Ombudsman, who are tasked with monitoring the use of Rwanda’s access to information law.

If you have any questions about using Sobanukirwa, please read our help section or contact our team via the website, Twitter or Facebook. We hope you find the site useful.