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  • 23 May 2016

    Progress, Weaknesses Seen in Ugandan FOI Law Implementation

    Below is the concluding chapter from the April 2016 report by the Carter Center on its examination of selected agencies in Uganda using the Center’s Access to Information Legislation Implementation Assessment Tool, which is described in the report. Overall the findings of the Implementation Assessment Tool reveal that as compared to the initial seven ministries […]

  • 18 May 2016

    India: Evidence Rebuts Attacks on RTI 

    By Anjali Bhardwaj and Amrita Johri The writers are members of the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information. Their article first appeared May 16 in The Indian Express with the subtitle, “MPs must not run down a law that promises a more informed citizenry.” The Right to Information (RTI) Act has undoubtedly been a […]

  • 18 May 2016

    Bangladesh: A Good Law Gone to Waste?

    By Dr. Shamsui Bari The writer is Chairman of Research Initiatives, Bangladesh (RIB). This article, subtitled “Right to Information Act 2009: The role of media,” first appeared in The Daily Star. Media’s power to shape public opinion is succinctly captured in a story from Peru, dating back to the 1990s. Alberto Fujimori was the president of […]

  • 18 May 2016

    Transparency Needed for Sri Lanka’s Constitutional Council

    By Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena The author is a Colombo based civil liberties advocate and a regular contributor to The Sunday Times where this column appeared May 15. In a notably pungent observation at the close of her mission visit to Sri Lanka this month, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers […]

  • 11 May 2016

    Building and Empowering a Global Practitioners Community

    By Nikhil Dey and Aruna Roy The authors lead Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS), India. The following article, reprinted with permission, is among 18 articles commissioned by the Transparency and Accountability Initiative, a consortium of funders. The entire collection is here. Progress From its initial local struggles to the building of a national campaign—which ultimately fueled a broad-based people’s push for […]

  • 11 May 2016

    Analytic Overview of Essays on Transparency and Accountability

    By Thomas Carothers The author is Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, D.C. The following article, reprinted with permission, sums up 18 articles commissioned by the Transparency and Accountability Initiative, a consortium of funders. References in this article are to the contributions by other authors. The entire collection is here. Second-Generation Guideposts Although the contributors […]

  • 11 May 2016

    RTI and Citizens: Emerging Trends in Pakistan

    By Zahid Abdullah The author is Program Manager for the Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives. This article appeared May 8 in The News. One of the core principles of Right to Information (RTI) legislation is that the process of filing information requests should be easy and cost-effective. The logic behind this principle is to facilitate […]

  • 28 April 2016

    China’s FOIA Turns Eight

    By Jamie P. Horsley The author is a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, affiliated with the Kissinger Institute for China and the U.S., on leave from the Yale Law School Paul Tsai China Center. The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author. May 1 marks the eighth […]

  • 28 April 2016

    New Vietnam Access Law Criticized

    The following report was published by the group Viet Tan (English version, French). “The mission of Viet Tan is to overcome dictatorship, build the foundation for a sustainable democracy, and demand justice and human rights for the Vietnamese people through a nonviolent struggle based on civic participation.” The Access to Information Law, passed on April […]

  • 28 April 2016

    Nigerian Commentary: Freedom of Dis-Information!

    By Eugene Enahoro The author describes himself on Twitter as an “HR & Capacity Development professional who writes Tuesday Column in Daily Trust Newspaper and concerns himself only with important matters.” This opinion article was first published in The Daily Trust. As the nation prepares to celebrate 17 years of uninterrupted civilian rule it’s quite […]

  • 28 April 2016

    When right to information helps the wrong people

    By Shailesh Ghandi This author is a former Indian information commissioner. This commentary was originally published in The Times of India. Recently, a newspaper reported that an information commissioner of the Tamil Nadu State Information Commission (TNSIC) had likened RTI applications to frivolous public interest litigation. TNSIC officials feel that of late, they have been […]

  • 14 April 2016

    Challenges to implementing RTI laws in Asia

    By Gambhir Bhatta The author is Technical Advisor (Governance), Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department at the Asian Development Bank. This article was published on the Asian Development Blog. In recent years there has been one critical instrument to making governments more responsive to citizens in how they provide services – the right to information. […]

  • 14 April 2016

    Is RTI Bill Sri Lanka Leaving Victims Behind?

    By Gehan Gunatilleke The author  is a human rights lawyer based in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and the Research Director of Verité Research. He is the author of The Right to Information in Sri Lanka: A Guide for Advocates (2014). He is also a Commonwealth scholar at New College, University of Oxford. Follow him on twitter […]

  • 13 April 2016

    Right to Information – Is it catching on in Bangladesh?

    By Shamsul Bari and Ruhi Naz The writers are Chairman, Research Initiatives, Bangladesh (RIB) and Project Coordinator (RTI Section) of RIB, respectively. This article originally appeared April 13, 2016, in The Daily Star. There are different ways to measure how the Right to Information (RTI) regime is working in a country. A common measure is to […]

  • 13 April 2016

    Right to Information and Blackmailing

    By Er Irfan Ali Banka The author was working as Junior Engineer (Civil) for the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir “but felt it necessary to resign on 29th of January, 2016, because of huge corruption in the departments.” I work as a Social/RTI Activist. I am Founder & Secretary, In-Minds Society (J&K) and also District Coordinator, […]

  • 6 April 2016

    Dostup do Pravdy: the secret of FOI success

    This article was originally posted April 1 on the website of mySociety, the UK NGO that developed the FOI software Alaveteli. Last week, Ukrainian Freedom of Information site Dostup do Pravdy processed its 10,000th FOI request. That’s pretty impressive, given that they launched just a couple of years ago, in 2014. We offer hearty congratulations to the Dostup […]

  • 30 March 2016

    Digital Bangladesh – Right to information and climate finance

    By Saleemul Huq The author is Director, International Centre for Climate Change and Development, Independent University, Bangladesh. This article originally appeared in Business on March 30. As Bangladesh and the world enters post-2015 era with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and Sendai Action Plan on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) – […]

  • 24 March 2016

    OGP Has Failed as Platform for FOI in The Philippines

    By Nepomuceno Malaluan The author is a Trustee of Action for Economic Reforms (AER), an independent policy analysis and advocacy organization working on macroeconomic and governance issues. He is also Co-Director of the Institute for Freedom of Information, a partnership program of AER and the Philippine Center of Investigative Journalism, and Co-Convener of the Right […]

  • 24 March 2016

    J&K Government Failing to Implement RTI Act Effectively

    By Er Irfan Ali Banka The author was working as Junior Engineer (Civil) in J&K REW, Govt. of J&K “but felt it necessary to resign on 29th of January, 2016, because of huge corruption in the departments.” I work as a Social/RTI Activist. I am Founder & Secretary, In-Minds Society (J&K) and also District Coordinator, J&K […]

  • 16 March 2016

    Federal Agencies Fail to File Key Report on Email Management

    By Lauren Harper The author is a staff member of the National Security Archive, the publisher of, which published this report March 14. The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the Department of the Treasury’s Comptroller, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) are among a handful of agencies that have already admitted they will not meet […]