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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.


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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. A Guide to Open Government and the Coronavirus: Right to Information

    The right to information is a fundamental right and an inherent part of the right to freedom of opinion and…

    2020, Guidance Document, Web Page

  2. Right to Information Fact Sheet

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

    2019, Document, PDF

  3. 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

  4. Open Response + Open Recovery: Open Service Delivery in Health – Communities and Governments Working Together

    OGP, the Open Data Charter, and Access Info address challenges that governments have faced when trying to promote transparency during…

    2020, , Web Page


Commitments


Recent Content

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