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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. 


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.

Key
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


Commitments

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

    LK0022, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  2. Starred commitment Enhance Right to Information

    KE0017, 2016, Capacity Building

  3. Starred commitment AIP Law and Principles of Open Government

    PY0025, 2016, Capacity Building

  4. Starred commitment Right of Access to Public Information

    UY0083, 2016, Capacity Building

  5. Starred commitment Ammendments to FOIA

    US0066, 2015, Open Data

  6. Starred commitment Access to Information for People with Disabilities

    CO0033, 2015, Capacity Building

  7. Starred commitment Right to Access Information Law

    SL0010, 2014, Capacity Building

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

    TZ0026, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  9. Starred commitment Strengthening Environmental Democracy

    CL0031, 2014, Environment and Climate

  10. Starred commitment Draft Law on Open Data

    UA0038, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  11. Starred commitment Supervisory Mechanism for the Right to Information

    UA0039, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

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

    RS0009, 2014, E-Government

  13. Starred commitment Publish Information on Public Finances

    HN0009, 2012, Fiscal Transparency

  14. 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, Legislation & Regulation

  15. Starred commitment Bill on Access to Public Information

    CO0009, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

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

    MD0011, 2012, Right to Information

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

    ES0001, 2012, E-Government

  18. Starred commitment Opening and Response Information Offices

    SV0001, 2012, Capacity Building

  19. Starred commitment Opening Office Departmental Information and Response

    SV0002, 2012, Capacity Building

  20. e-Access and Expansion

    NO0056, 2019, Civic Space

  21. Increase Use of RTI

    LK0026, 2019, E-Government

  22. Transparency

    IT0058, 2019, E-Government

  23. Gender-Based Violence Open Data

    UY0103, 2018, E-Government

  24. Access to Information Law

    UY0108, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  25. Gender Perspective to Access to Information

    UY0109, 2018, Capacity Building

  26. Open Municipalities

    UY0114, 2018, Capacity Building

  27. Awareness-Raising About Access to Information Rights

    MK0121, 2018, Capacity Building

  28. Regional Open Data Initiatives

    MK0131, 2018, Open Data

  29. Parliamentary TV Channel

    MK0141, 2018, E-Government

  30. Accountability Portals

    HN0060, 2018, Capacity Building

  31. Access to Municipal Information

    HN0061, 2018, Capacity Building

  32. Implementing Right to Information

    HR0026, 2018, Capacity Building

  33. Access to Information

    CA0070, 2018, Capacity Building

  34. ATI Awareness Raising

    MO0001, 2018, Capacity Building

  35. Training Information Officers

    MO0002, 2018, Capacity Building

  36. Open Data

    MO0004, 2018, Capacity Building

  37. Access to Administrative and Environmental Information

    PT0007, 2018, E-Government

  38. Right to Information

    TN0036, 2018, Capacity Building

  39. Open Government Standard and Dashboard

    NL0036, 2018, E-Government

  40. National Electronic System/ATI implementation

    BR0110, 2018, E-Government

  41. Legislation on Access to Information

    PNG0001, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  42. Access to Information Law

    JO0063, 2018, Capacity Building

  43. Inter-Agency Information Sharing

    PNG0002, 2018, Capacity Building

  44. Official Information

    NZ0018, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  45. Implement Right to Information

    KAD0004, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  46. Improving proactive transparency – Information Booklet

    RS0038, 2018, E-Government

  47. Access to Information Law

    RS0039, 2018, Capacity Building

  48. Access to Information

    COT0001, 2018, Capacity Building

  49. Access to State and Municipal Authorities

    KG0011, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  50. Access to Information

    AU0020, 2018, OGP

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

    GT0098, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  52. Strengthen the Information Mechanism in 60 Governmental Agencies

    AF0011, 2017, Capacity Building

  53. Transparency Criteria

    IL0029, 2017, Public Participation

  54. Publication of Information Legislative Amendments

    IL0030, 2017, Legislation & Regulation

  55. Freedom of Information (FOI) Act

    LR0029, 2017, Capacity Building

  56. Improving Local Budget Transparency

    BOJ0003, 2017, E-Government

  57. Enhanced Open Procurement Contract Data

    BOJ0004, 2017, Fiscal Transparency

  58. Right to Information

    GH0025, 2017, Legislation & Regulation

  59. Access to Information Legislation

    PH0049, 2017, Capacity Building

  60. Access to Information on Incorporated Public Services

    FI0025, 2017, Fiscal Transparency

  61. Access to Information Knowledge in the Public Administration

    FI0026, 2017, Capacity Building

  62. Expanding Ecosystem of Access to Information in the Municipalities

    AR0074, 2017, Capacity Building

  63. FOIA Compliance for Annual Reporting

    NG0010, 2017, Capacity Building

  64. FOIA Compliance for Disclosure

    NG0011, 2017, E-Government

  65. Virtual Window of Public Administration

    BF0009, 2017, Capacity Building

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

    BF0010, 2017, Legislation & Regulation

  67. Transparency Portal and the Right of Access

    ES0032, 2017, Capacity Building

  68. Regulations for the Transparency Law

    ES0036, 2017, E-Government

  69. Improvement and Facilitation of the Access to Information

    MK0094, 2016, Capacity Building

  70. Ensuring the Acquisition of Information

    AZ0039, 2016, Capacity Building

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

    CI0008, 2016, E-Government

  72. Promote Access to Public Information Act

    CI0011, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  73. Proactive Disclosure

    LK0023, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  74. Enhance Access to Information

    CA0042, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  75. Natural Resource Transparency

    UK0064, 2016, Extractive Industries

  76. Transparency Defenders

    SV0079, 2016, Capacity Building

  77. Application Law of Transparency and Access to Public Information

    HN0048, 2016, Public Participation

  78. Transparency in Civil Service

    HN0049, 2016, Open Contracting and Procurement

  79. Transparency in Municipalities

    HN0050, 2016, Fiscal Transparency

  80. Monitoring Public Spending.

    HN0051, 2016, Fiscal Transparency

  81. Revising Freedom of Information Act Code of Practice

    UK0070, 2016, Open Contracting and Procurement

  82. Shopping Open.

    HN0052, 2016, E-Government

  83. Information Educational Center.

    HN0053, 2016, E-Government

  84. Monitoring Health Sector

    HN0054, 2016, E-Government

  85. FOIA: Implementation and Monitoring

    IT0029, 2016, Capacity Building

  86. Better Use of Data Assets

    UK0073, 2016, Capacity Building

  87. Monitoring Water and Sanitation Services

    HN0055, 2016, Environment and Climate

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

    AL0044, 2016, E-Government

  89. Freedom of Information

    MW0001, 2016, Human Rights

  90. National Integrity System

    MW0003, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  91. Energy Sector Watch: Transparent, Accessible and Participatory

    CL0032, 2016, E-Government

  92. Strengthening Environmental Democracy

    CL0033, 2016, Environment and Climate

  93. Codelco Transparency Website

    CL0035, 2016, E-Government

  94. National Open Data Agenda

    NL0019, 2016, Capacity Building

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

    TN0022, 2016, Capacity Building

  96. Releasing Ministerial Research Reports

    NL0022, 2016, Health

  97. Detailed Open Spending Data

    NL0023, 2016, Fiscal Transparency

  98. Open Local Authority Decision-Making

    NL0024, 2016, Open Data

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

    BR0086, 2016, Capacity Building

  100. Easier Freedom of Information Requests

    NL0026, 2016, Capacity Building

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

    BR0087, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  102. Open Government Expertise Centre (LEOO)

    NL0027, 2016, Capacity Building

  103. Open Data and Information Governance in Health

    BR0090, 2016, E-Government

  104. Strengthen the Legislative Framework Governing Access to Information

    JO0048, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  105. Improving Official Information Practices

    NZ0006, 2016, Capacity Building

  106. Digitalize administrative processes

    IT0069, 2016, E-Government

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

    RO0030, 2016, Capacity Building

  108. Principles of Open Government

    PY0026, 2016, E-Government

  109. Organization Information Disclosure Online

    KR0022, 2016, E-Government

  110. Information in Original Form

    KR0023, 2016, Capacity Building

  111. Municipal Transparency

    DO0037, 2016, E-Government

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

    BG0051, 2016, E-Government

  113. Public Procurement Processes Municipal Publication

    DO0038, 2016, Capacity Building

  114. RTI Act Implementation Trainings for Administrative Officials

    BG0052, 2016, Capacity Building

  115. Monitor the Presidential Commitments

    DO0039, 2016, E-Government

  116. Maintaining Public Electronic Registers on Gambling

    BG0053, 2016, Capacity Building

  117. Citizens Budget

    DO0040, 2016, Capacity Building

  118. Publish the Annual Priorities of the National Revenue Agency

    BG0054, 2016, E-Government

  119. Evaluation and Monitoring the Sub-Portals Transparency

    DO0041, 2016, E-Government

  120. Training Public Access to Information and Institutional Archives

    GT0063, 2016, Capacity Building

  121. Analysis/Research Publication for Information Exchange

    BG0055, 2016, E-Government

  122. Virtual School Transparency

    DO0042, 2016, Capacity Building

  123. Train Educational Population in Access to Public Information

    GT0064, 2016, Capacity Building

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

    BG0056, 2016, E-Government

  125. Culture of Transparency

    DO0043, 2016, Capacity Building

  126. Evaluation of Practice Public Access to Information

    GT0065, 2016, Capacity Building

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

    BG0057, 2016, E-Government

  128. 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, Capacity Building

  129. Information Management and Access Laws

    AU0008, 2016, Capacity Building

  130. Freedom of Information

    AU0009, 2016, Capacity Building

  131. Design Single Platform for Public Information Requests

    GT0071, 2016, E-Government

  132. GIS Applications for the Register of Protected Areas in Bulgaria

    BG0075, 2016, E-Government

  133. Introduce Modern Document Management Procedures

    IE0043, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  134. Amendments to the Law on Free Access to Information of Public Importance

    RS0020, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  135. Development of the Freedom of Information Law

    GE0048, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  136. Contracting Between the Government and Private Sector

    IL0016, 2015, Open Contracting and Procurement

  137. Amending the Law of Transparency and Access to Public Information

    PE0049, 2015, Capacity Building

  138. Training on Transparency and Access to Public Information

    PE0051, 2015, Capacity Building

  139. RTI

    GH0015, 2015, Right to Information

  140. Public Access to Information

    MT0011, 2015, E-Government

  141. Social Dialogue

    MT0012, 2015, Capacity Building

  142. FOI Training in Public Administration Organizations

    HU0009, 2015, Capacity Building

  143. Law on ATI

    PH0029, 2015, Right to Information

  144. Open University

    AR0024, 2015, Capacity Building

  145. Pilot Platform Public Nformation

    AR0029, 2015, Capacity Building

  146. Find Panama

    PA0023, 2015, Capacity Building

  147. Technical Assistance to Support and Education Secretariats Country

    CO0038, 2015, Capacity Building

  148. Environmental Information System

    CO0039, 2015, E-Government

  149. Better Land Management

    CO0047, 2015, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  150. Social Map

    CO0048, 2015, E-Government

  151. Open Data Policy

    CR0024, 2015, Capacity Building

  152. Decree on Transparency and Access to Public Information

    CR0025, 2015, Capacity Building

  153. Draft Law on Access to Public Information

    CR0026, 2015, Legislation & Regulation

  154. Profile Directory Information of Public Institutions

    CR0027, 2015, E-Government

  155. Model Document Management and File Management

    CR0028, 2015, E-Government

  156. Law Enforcement Excessive Paperwork 8220

    CR0029, 2015, Legislation & Regulation

  157. Transparent Selection of Civil Servants

    CR0035, 2015, E-Government

  158. Transparent Management Processes Infrastructure Projects

    CR0036, 2015, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  159. Popularize Freedom of Information (Foi) Law

    LR0008, 2015, Capacity Building

  160. Review of the Governmental Freedom of Information Unit's Authority

    IL0014, 2015, Capacity Building

  161. Web for FOI

    IL0015, 2015, Right to Information

  162. Strengthen Ethics and Transparency Issues in the Curriculum for Primary and High School

    SV0066, 2014, Capacity Building

  163. Public Information Quality for Everyone

    HN0033, 2014, Right to Information

  164. Open Information Core Commitment

    CA0040, 2014, Right to Information

  165. TransPArenti+1

    IT0019, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  166. Strengthening Citizen Participation in the System of Public Safety

    HN0046, 2014, Human Rights

  167. Right to Access Information Legislative Framework

    HR0010, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  168. Improving the Implementation of the Right of Access to Information Act

    HR0011, 2014, Capacity Building

  169. Streamline the Free Access to Information System

    CZ0012, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  170. Review of the Legal Framework of Personal Data Protection and Ensuring Conformity with Article 24 of Tunisian Constitution

    TN0004, 2014, Human Rights

  171. Law on Access to Public Information

    PY0016, 2014, Judiciary

  172. Transparency and Access to Public Information Projects Emblematic

    PY0019, 2014, E-Government

  173. Implementation of the School of Transparency.

    GT0033, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  174. Knowledge and Capacity Building of Public Servants in the Freedom of Information and Anticorruption Field

    AM0025, 2014, Capacity Building

  175. Improve Levels of Transparency and Access to Information

    GT0037, 2014, Right to Information

  176. Establishing Rules on Processing Official Information

    UA0035, 2014, E-Government

  177. Enhancing Information Disclosure

    KR0019, 2014, Public Participation

  178. Improvements to Access to Public Information Act

    BG0035, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  179. Unique Portal Application for Access to Public Information

    DO0026, 2014, E-Government

  180. Administrative Services Portal

    UA0047, 2014, E-Government

  181. Promotion and Dissemination of the Right of Access to Public Information

    UY0027, 2014, Capacity Building

  182. E-Access: National System Requirements for Access to Public Information

    UY0028, 2014, E-Government

  183. E-Government and Improvements in the Quality of Public Services

    GT0055, 2014, E-Government

  184. Responses to Requests for Access to Public Information

    UY0029, 2014, Right to Information

  185. Further Legislation to Ensure the Right of Access to Public Information

    GT0059, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  186. Strengthening Freedom of Information - Implement the Code of Practice for Freedom of Information (FOI).

    IE0012, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  187. Reform of FOI

    IE0013, 2014, Capacity Building

  188. Develop and Deliver Access to Environmental Information (AIE) Training Module for Public Officials

    IE0017, 2014, Capacity Building

  189. New Web Portal for the Ministry of Economy and Finance

    UY0049, 2014, Capacity Building

  190. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Draft

    GE0020, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  191. Raising Public Awareness About the Right to Free Access to Public Information Through the Created and Conducted Media Presentations and Educational Campaign

    MK0053, 2014, Capacity Building

  192. Transparency Portal

    ES0014, 2014, E-Government

  193. Monitor and Ensure Implementation of Information Transparency and Information Access Right Act by Establishing National Information Transparency Committee and Creating Structure of Information Commissary.

    MN0001, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  194. Archives and Records Management Act

    SL0002, 2014, E-Government

  195. Booking Guidelines for Public Information

    SV0039, 2013, Capacity Building

  196. Improving the Quality of Web Portals Institutions

    SV0040, 2013, E-Government

  197. Law on Access to Public Information for the Blind

    SV0048, 2013, Capacity Building

  198. Access to Information from Private Companies That Manage Public Funds

    SV0049, 2013, Private Sector

  199. Catalog of Priority Infrastructure Projects

    SV0054, 2013, Infrastructure & Transport

  200. Right to Information

    GH0003, 2013, Capacity Building