New Grant: Rwandan FOI Platform

Awarded on 19 Mar 2015

Tumenye Digital Ltd

Rwanda

Democratic participation and civil society, Free flow of information, Information and Communication Technology

Grant amount £20,205.00

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 to be dedicated to setting up an SMS system that will allow Rwandans to submit details of their FOI requests via text message. The messages will then be annotated and expanded if necessary before being added to the site by the Tumenye team.