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Bong County Freedom of Information Network (BFIN)

Gbarnga, Liberia
Joined July 2018

BFIN works to improve governance and transform lives through a meaningful right of access to information Liberia. Focus program areas are in advocacy, training, and partnership.

Presence in: Liberia
Focus: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Corruption, Gender-based violence, Governance, Peace-building, Women's Rights

The Bong County Freedom of Information Network was established 2011 to provide support to implementation of the Freedom of information law of Liberia. The general purpose is: To establish and operate a network of FOI practitioners committed to advancing the use and value of freedom of information and awareness and capacity building programs to other civil society and community based organizations to use the law to advance evidence-based advocacy; To provide technical support to local government departments as well as county authorities to strengthen their information disclosure practices relating to public interest issues, monitor government implementation of law as well as general compliance with the law.

Our Goal:Program works in partnership with governments, civil society, and international and regional bodies to improve governance and transform lives through a meaningful right of access to information.

Guiding Principles:Access to information is a fundamental human right and a multi-dimensional tool serving both governments and citizens. Enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 15c of the constitution of Liberia, the right of access to information improves governance and lives, making public administration more transparent and accountable and enabling citizens to understand policies, help determine public priorities, and use information to ensure the exercise of their other human rights, including the rights to education, employment, and a safe environment.

Our Strategy: Since 2013, BFIN  has served in advancing the right of access to information, working in partnership with governments and civil society groups to pass, implement, and enforce access to information laws at county level,collaborating closely with The Carter Center; sharing international experiences; providing technical assistance; and serving as a resource to advance the right to access information.

People Associated With This Organization

Franklin Kwenah

Liberia  
Bong County Freedom of Information...
Joined July 2018
Interests: Access to Information, Corruption, Governance, Peace-building, Women's Rights
I am Natural Resource Management student at the Cuttington University. Franklin Kwenah is working to provide technical support to local government departments in the justice and security sector. Work with county authorities’ line ministries and agencies to strengthen their information disclosure practices. As FOI practitioner, I committed to advancing the use and value of freedom of information. I work as a Freelance Journalist and Right Advocate. I serve as NEWS Editor at Hott FM Gbarnga. My work also program production and presentation, Script writing. I have knowledge and skills in Project Management/Proposal writing, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Psycho-social Counseling as well in Microsoft Office Suit and basic Technical skill, Audio, Photo and Video editing, Peace and Conflict Management, team work.
Franklin Kwenah is the network champion (main point of contact) for Bong County Freedom of Information Network (BFIN).

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