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  • 5 October 2012

    Plans Made to Promote FOI in Francophone African Nations

    Transparency activists have laid plans for advancing freedom of information in five francophone countries of West Africa — Guinea, Niger, Benin, Cote D’Ivoire and Senegal. In Guinea, where the law is passed but not yet operational, plans were made to press for “speedy publication,” along with efforts to build capacity to use it. For Niger, the top […]

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  • 25 March 2011

    Niger Government Issues Access to Information Policy

    The transitional government in Niger has issued a “Charte d’accès à l’information publique et aux documents administratifs” on access to information. Although the document lacks the force of law, it is being viewed as a positive step toward more transparency, instructing administrative bodies on releasing information. The move was announced in advance of upcoming presidential […]

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  • 26 May 2009

    Secret Summaries of World Bank Meetings Illuminate Proceedings

      The “minutes” of the World Bank’s executive board meetings, released publicly, are brief notations of the official action, usually one paragraph.  They reveal almost nothing about what transpired during the closed deliberations. The “summaries,” by contrast, describe the key points of discussion.  They condense, without names, the comments made by the executive directors. The […]

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Constitution of Niger (English) (French) (2010)


Charte d’accès à l’information publique et aux documents administratifs (2011)


Ordinance No. 2011-22 - Niger Charter on Access to Public and Administrative Documents



Study on the state of Freedom of Expression in Niger (Etude sur l’etat de la liberte d’expression au Niger) (French) (October 2007) from AFIC



Measuring Openness

Global Right to Information Rating
A country-by-country rating of laws by the Centre for Democracy and Law and Access Info.

Freedom House
The Freedom in the World report.

World Bank
Worldwide Governance Indicators

Transparency International, Corruption Perceptions Index
Measures perceptions of the degree of corruption.

Reporters Without Borders
The Press Freedom Index.