Gambians support public access to government information, Afrobarometer survey shows

Governance

By a 2-to-1 margin, Gambians support citizens’ right to access government information, in agreement with a bill that recently gained approval by the National Assembly.

The latest Afrobarometer survey in the Gambia shows widespread popular support for key elements of an access to information bill that will allow journalists, civil society organizations, and ordinary citizens to obtain many types of information held by the government. The bill still awaits assent by President Adama Barrow.

In the past, many Gambians have expressed little confidence in their ability to obtain information on local school and development plans and budgets.