Media Freedom and Development
The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which expire in 2015, have contributed to the improvement of livelihoods of countless human beings all over the world. At the current stage of the international debate on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, headed by the United Nations, there is a clear understanding that openness, transparency, freedom of speech and the media and access to information need to form an essential part of successful future development initiatives.
As the secretariat to the African Platform on Access to information (APAI) Declaration and the continental APAI campaign, MISA promotes the importance of access to information to the post 2015 development agenda and, where possible, analyses how access to information, freedom of expression and media freedom can be integrated in the new global objectives.
The APAI Declaration clearly articulates a number of principles that speak to the central role that access to information plays in furthering a number of rights including gender equality, health and education, which are all crucial to development.