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Right to Information

Access to information means access to justice. Citizens armed with information can claim what is rightfully theirs. For this reason, OGP members are required to have laws guaranteeing the right to information. 

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Overview

The legal right to request information (RTI) can lead to more open, accountable, and participatory government. OGP members are required to have laws enabling fair access to information. Through OGP, the effectiveness of these laws can be improved by removing additional barriers to information and creating platforms to report on fraud or corruption. 

OGP members are also expanding the frontiers of RTI by empowering citizens to use information to participate and shape policies, services and budgets. This has been particularly effective at the local level where governments are closest to their citizens.  

A country’s commitment to pro-actively provide high-value information is at the heart of open government.



Recommendations

  • Implement RTI laws and train officials on records management and information provisioning. Sri Lanka created a robust right to information infrastructure that included mass trainings for public servants.
  • Publish and share government information disaggregated across agency and level of government proactively. Liberia publishes information on land ownership and has passed a formal Lands Rights Act. 
  • Create more opportunities for citizens to use information, monitor systems and provide feedback. Croatia successfully amended its Act on the Right of Access to Information to include a legal obligation to consult with the public about new legislation and enforce a directive on the re-use of public sector information.

OGP Global Report Data

The data below is drawn from the 2019 OGP Global Report. You can view and learn more about the report here.

These are members making OGP commitments to improve their performance in the respective policy area. As members that have demonstrated political commitment through OGP, the next step is ensuring that implemented commitments have maximal impact.

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Indicates that member has a starred commitment in this policy area.


Resources

  1. Right to Information Fact Sheet

    Snapshot of global progress and member-level examples of right to information work in OGP

    2019, Document, PDF

  2. Access to Information: A New Promise for Sustainable Development

    This resource is part of UNESCO's In Focus Series: World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development.

    2019, Outbound Link, Web Page


Commitments

  1. Starred commitment The Enactment and Implementation of the RTI Act

    LK0022, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  2. Starred commitment Energy Sector Watch: Transparent, Accessible and Participatory

    CL0032, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  3. Starred commitment Strengthening Environmental Democracy

    CL0033, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  4. Starred commitment Enhance Right to Information

    KE0017, 2016, Records Management

  5. Starred commitment AIP Law and Principles of Open Government

    PY0025, 2016, Marginalized Communities

  6. Starred commitment Right of Access to Public Information

    UY0083, 2016, Civic Space

  7. Starred commitment Ammendments to FOIA

    US0066, 2015, Public Service Delivery

  8. Starred commitment Access to Information for People with Disabilities

    CO0033, 2015, Public Service Delivery

  9. Starred commitment Right to Access Information Law

    SL0010, 2014, Right to Information

  10. Starred commitment To Enact a Freedom of Information Act by December 2014.

    TZ0026, 2014, Right to Information

  11. Starred commitment Strengthening Environmental Democracy

    CL0031, 2014, Extractive Industries

  12. Starred commitment Law on Access to Public Information

    PY0016, 2014, Justice

  13. Starred commitment Draft Law on Open Data

    UA0038, 2014, Open Data

  14. Starred commitment Supervisory Mechanism for the Right to Information

    UA0039, 2014, Right to Information

  15. Starred commitment Improvements to Access to Public Information Act

    BG0035, 2014, Open Data

  16. Starred commitment Public Administration Website Harmonization and Amendments to the Law on Free Access to Information of Public Importance

    RS0009, 2014, Right to Information

  17. Starred commitment Publish Information on Public Finances

    HN0009, 2012, Fiscal Transparency

  18. Starred commitment Improving the Legislative Framework for Exercising the Right of Access to Information: Amend the Act on the Right of Access to Information

    HR0005, 2012, Legislature

  19. Starred commitment Bill on Access to Public Information

    CO0009, 2012, Right to Information

  20. Starred commitment Draft the Law on Public Sector Information Reuse

    MD0011, 2012, Right to Information

  21. Starred commitment Law on Transparency, Access to Public Information and Good Governance

    ES0001, 2012, Right to Information

  22. Starred commitment Opening and Response Information Offices

    SV0001, 2012, Right to Information

  23. Starred commitment Opening Office Departmental Information and Response

    SV0002, 2012, Right to Information

  24. e-Access and Expansion

    NO0056, 2019, Right to Information

  25. Increase Use of RTI

    LK0026, 2019, Marginalized Communities

  26. Improve implementation of right to access to information

    SL0026, 2019, Gender

  27. Records and Archives Management

    SL0029, 2019, Records Management

  28. Transparency

    IT0058, 2019, Fiscal Transparency

  29. Open Data Portal

    PH0059, 2019, Open Contracting and Procurement

  30. Passage of Freedom of Information Law

    PH0062, 2019, Gender

  31. Implementation of the Access to Information Act

    SYC0002, 2019, Marginalized Communities

  32. Active Transparency Initiative

    AR0089, 2019, Public Participation

  33. Improve compliance with Freedom of Information Act with focus on records management

    NG0023, 2019, Records Management

  34. Improved compliance with mandatory publication provisions requirement (FOIA)

    NG0024, 2019, Justice

  35. Transparent and open administration

    LU0001, 2019, Right to Information

  36. Gender-Based Violence Open Data

    UY0103, 2018, Gender

  37. Access to Information Law

    UY0108, 2018, Legislature

  38. Gender Perspective to Access to Information

    UY0109, 2018, Gender

  39. Open Municipalities

    UY0114, 2018, Right to Information

  40. Awareness-Raising About Access to Information Rights

    MK0121, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  41. Regional Open Data Initiatives

    MK0131, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  42. Parliamentary TV Channel

    MK0141, 2018, Legislature

  43. Accountability Portals

    HN0060, 2018, Records Management

  44. Access to Municipal Information

    HN0061, 2018, Records Management

  45. Implementing Right to Information

    HR0026, 2018, Right to Information

  46. Access to Information

    CA0070, 2018, Marginalized Communities

  47. ATI Awareness Raising

    MO0001, 2018, Public Participation

  48. Training Information Officers

    MO0002, 2018, Records Management

  49. Open Data

    MO0004, 2018, Open Data

  50. Access to Administrative and Environmental Information

    PT0007, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  51. Right to Information

    TN0036, 2018, Right to Information

  52. Open Government Standard and Dashboard

    NL0036, 2018, Open Data

  53. National Electronic System/ATI implementation

    BR0110, 2018, Public Participation

  54. Legislation on Access to Information

    PNG0001, 2018, Right to Information

  55. Access to Information Law

    JO0063, 2018, Human Rights

  56. Inter-Agency Information Sharing

    PNG0002, 2018, Records Management

  57. Official Information

    NZ0018, 2018, Legislature

  58. Implement Right to Information

    KAD0004, 2018, Legislature

  59. Improving proactive transparency – Information Booklet

    RS0038, 2018, Legislature

  60. Access to Information Law

    RS0039, 2018, Legislature

  61. Access to Information

    COT0001, 2018, Water and Sanitation

  62. Access to State and Municipal Authorities

    KG0011, 2018, Public Participation

  63. Access to Information

    AU0020, 2018, Right to Information

  64. Strengthening Anti-Corruption Mechanisms of Transparency and Results Evidencing National and International Level

    GT0098, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  65. Strengthen the Information Mechanism in 60 Governmental Agencies

    AF0011, 2017, Public Participation

  66. Transparency Criteria

    IL0029, 2017, Public Participation

  67. Publication of Information Legislative Amendments

    IL0030, 2017, Public Participation

  68. Freedom of Information (FOI) Act

    LR0029, 2017, Right to Information

  69. Improving Local Budget Transparency

    BOJ0003, 2017, Fiscal Transparency

  70. Enhanced Open Procurement Contract Data

    BOJ0004, 2017, Open Contracting and Procurement

  71. Right to Information

    GH0025, 2017, Right to Information

  72. Access to Information Legislation

    PH0049, 2017, Fiscal Transparency

  73. Access to Information on Incorporated Public Services

    FI0025, 2017, Fiscal Transparency

  74. Access to Information Knowledge in the Public Administration

    FI0026, 2017, Fiscal Transparency

  75. Expanding Ecosystem of Access to Information in the Municipalities

    AR0074, 2017, Fiscal Transparency

  76. FOIA Compliance for Annual Reporting

    NG0010, 2017, Justice

  77. FOIA Compliance for Disclosure

    NG0011, 2017, Fiscal Transparency

  78. Virtual Window of Public Administration

    BF0009, 2017, Education

  79. Right of Access to Public Information and to Administrative Documents

    BF0010, 2017, Right to Information

  80. Transparency Portal and the Right of Access

    ES0032, 2017, Fiscal Transparency

  81. Regulations for the Transparency Law

    ES0036, 2017, Fiscal Transparency

  82. Improvement and Facilitation of the Access to Information

    MK0094, 2016, Right to Information

  83. Ensuring the Acquisition of Information

    AZ0039, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  84. Install a Virtual Single Window for Public Service Request and Receipt in Order to Facilitate Access to Public Information

    CI0008, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  85. Promote Access to Public Information Act

    CI0011, 2016, Public Participation

  86. Proactive Disclosure

    LK0023, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  87. Enhance Access to Information

    CA0042, 2016, Open Data

  88. Natural Resource Transparency

    UK0064, 2016, Extractive Industries

  89. Transparency Defenders

    SV0079, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  90. Application Law of Transparency and Access to Public Information

    HN0048, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  91. Transparency in Civil Service

    HN0049, 2016, Open Contracting and Procurement

  92. Transparency in Municipalities

    HN0050, 2016, Fiscal Transparency

  93. Monitoring Public Spending.

    HN0051, 2016, Fiscal Transparency

  94. Revising Freedom of Information Act Code of Practice

    UK0070, 2016, Open Contracting and Procurement

  95. Shopping Open.

    HN0052, 2016, Open Contracting and Procurement

  96. Information Educational Center.

    HN0053, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  97. Monitoring Health Sector

    HN0054, 2016, Open Contracting and Procurement

  98. FOIA: Implementation and Monitoring

    IT0029, 2016, Right to Information

  99. Better Use of Data Assets

    UK0073, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  100. Monitoring Water and Sanitation Services

    HN0055, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  101. Improvement of Database/Portal with Coordinators’ Data of the Right to Information and Transparency Programs

    AL0044, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  102. Freedom of Information

    MW0001, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  103. National Integrity System

    MW0003, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  104. Codelco Transparency Website

    CL0035, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  105. National Open Data Agenda

    NL0019, 2016, Open Data

  106. Modernizing the Regulatory Framework to Enforce The Right To Access to Information

    TN0022, 2016, Right to Information

  107. Releasing Ministerial Research Reports

    NL0022, 2016, Health

  108. Detailed Open Spending Data

    NL0023, 2016, Open Contracting and Procurement

  109. Open Local Authority Decision-Making

    NL0024, 2016, Open Data

  110. Access to Information Policy in the Federal Government – Promptness and Effectiveness to Information Requests

    BR0086, 2016, Right to Information

  111. Easier Freedom of Information Requests

    NL0026, 2016, Infrastructure & Transport

  112. Access to Information Policy in the Federal Government – Requesters’ Personal Information Safeguard

    BR0087, 2016, Right to Information

  113. Open Government Expertise Centre (LEOO)

    NL0027, 2016, Public Participation

  114. Open Data and Information Governance in Health

    BR0090, 2016, Health

  115. Strengthen the Legislative Framework Governing Access to Information

    JO0048, 2016, Right to Information

  116. Improving Official Information Practices

    NZ0006, 2016, Records Management

  117. Digitalize administrative processes

    IT0069, 2016, Right to Information

  118. Improving the Legal Framework and Practices Regarding Access to Public Interest Information

    RO0030, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  119. Principles of Open Government

    PY0026, 2016, Open Contracting and Procurement

  120. Organization Information Disclosure Online

    KR0022, 2016, Education

  121. Information in Original Form

    KR0023, 2016, Fiscal Transparency

  122. Municipal Transparency

    DO0037, 2016, Right to Information

  123. Enhancing the Scope of Available Public Information and Extensive Electronization of the Information Provision Processes

    BG0051, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  124. Public Procurement Processes Municipal Publication

    DO0038, 2016, Open Contracting and Procurement

  125. RTI Act Implementation Trainings for Administrative Officials

    BG0052, 2016, Records Management

  126. Monitor the Presidential Commitments

    DO0039, 2016, Right to Information

  127. Maintaining Public Electronic Registers on Gambling

    BG0053, 2016, Records Management

  128. Citizens Budget

    DO0040, 2016, Participation in Budget Processes

  129. Publish the Annual Priorities of the National Revenue Agency

    BG0054, 2016, Records Management

  130. Evaluation and Monitoring the Sub-Portals Transparency

    DO0041, 2016, Public Participation

  131. Training Public Access to Information and Institutional Archives

    GT0063, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  132. Analysis/Research Publication for Information Exchange

    BG0055, 2016, Records Management

  133. Virtual School Transparency

    DO0042, 2016, Right to Information

  134. Train Educational Population in Access to Public Information

    GT0064, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  135. Register of Regulatory and Supervisory Agencies Whose Officials Are Appointed by Parliament

    BG0056, 2016, Records Management

  136. Culture of Transparency

    DO0043, 2016, Education

  137. Evaluation of Practice Public Access to Information

    GT0065, 2016, Public Participation

  138. National Institute for Immovable Cultural Heritage Information System and e-Services

    BG0057, 2016, Records Management

  139. Installing a Multisectorial Table to Discuss, Prepare and Submit Bill to Strengthen the Right of Access to Public Information, Files Institutional and Regulatory Institution.

    GT0066, 2016, Public Service Delivery