Free Access to Information Still A Challenge In Africa

Because of its importance in socio-economic and political development, open access to information is now considered a fundamental human right. Availability of data for instance, fosters knowledge-driven decision making, innovation and effective governance. For this reason, agitation and promotion of open data is gaining momentum, particularly in Africa.

Yet there still remains a number of bottlenecks in mainstreaming open access to information or data to deliver development in the continent. Many people within research organizations remain skeptical about opening up their data to the public; instead choose to share their knowledge thorough high impact journals.

It is also common within the academies to see researchers and scholars treat with contempt, data that is freely available through open access sources.

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