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Archiving and Small Nations: An Ethical Issue of Two Post-Conflict Societies
Nordic Africa Institute.
Mittuniversitetet, Institutionen för informationsteknologi och medier. (CEDIF)
2009 (English)In: Infotrend, ISSN 1653-0225, Vol. 64, no 1, 2-12 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Archiving is the key to transparency and accountability, concepts that symbolize good governance. In post-conflict societies like Sierra Leone and Liberia in West Africa, information is crucial to the reconciliation and democratisation processes. Sierra Leone and Liberia have just emerged from brutal civil wars as a result of repressive governments that have not been accountable to the people nor been transparent. The mass violation of human rights and the international humanitarian law led to the establishment of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions in both countries. The Sierra Leonean TRC mission was completed in 2004 while the Liberian one is still on-going. In Sierra Leone, investigations of the violations against the civilian population resulted into a report and the same is expected with the ongoing TRC work in Liberia. Ethically, given the fact that the contributions to the TRC findings are from a traumatised people, the recommendations of the TRC should be embraced in the formulation of social and economic policies that would address the articulated root causes of the conflict. However, preliminary results suggest that obstacles to the democratization of information in African post-conflict societies are many: corruption and weak political will, widespread poverty, illiteracy, lack of information skills, information technology, and electricity and telephone connections. This is further exacerbated by a shortage of professional personnel in handling information.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Svensk Förening för Informationsspecialister , 2009. Vol. 64, no 1, 2-12 p.
Keyword [en]
Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Documentation, Archiving, Transitional Justice
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Information Systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-26625OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-26625DiVA: diva2:796322
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Available from: 2009-05-13 Created: 2015-03-16 Last updated: 2015-03-18Bibliographically approved

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