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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, Justice

  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, Civic Space

  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. Gender-Based Violence Open Data

    UY0103, 2018, Gender

  34. Access to Information Law

    UY0108, 2018, Legislature

  35. Gender Perspective to Access to Information

    UY0109, 2018, Gender

  36. Open Municipalities

    UY0114, 2018, Right to Information

  37. Awareness-Raising About Access to Information Rights

    MK0121, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  38. Regional Open Data Initiatives

    MK0131, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  39. Parliamentary TV Channel

    MK0141, 2018, Legislature

  40. Accountability Portals

    HN0060, 2018, Records Management

  41. Access to Municipal Information

    HN0061, 2018, Records Management

  42. Implementing Right to Information

    HR0026, 2018, Justice

  43. Access to Information

    CA0070, 2018, Marginalized Communities

  44. ATI Awareness Raising

    MO0001, 2018, Public Participation

  45. Training Information Officers

    MO0002, 2018, Justice

  46. Open Data

    MO0004, 2018, Open Data

  47. Access to Administrative and Environmental Information

    PT0007, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  48. Right to Information

    TN0036, 2018, Right to Information

  49. Open Government Standard and Dashboard

    NL0036, 2018, Open Data

  50. National Electronic System/ATI implementation

    BR0110, 2018, Public Participation

  51. Legislation on Access to Information

    PNG0001, 2018, Right to Information

  52. Access to Information Law

    JO0063, 2018, Human Rights

  53. Inter-Agency Information Sharing

    PNG0002, 2018, Records Management

  54. Official Information

    NZ0018, 2018, Legislature

  55. Implement Right to Information

    KAD0004, 2018, Legislature

  56. Improving proactive transparency – Information Booklet

    RS0038, 2018, Legislature

  57. Access to Information Law

    RS0039, 2018, Legislature

  58. Access to Information

    COT0001, 2018, Water and Sanitation

  59. Access to State and Municipal Authorities

    KG0011, 2018, Public Participation

  60. Access to Information

    AU0020, 2018, Right to Information

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

    GT0098, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  62. Strengthen the Information Mechanism in 60 Governmental Agencies

    AF0011, 2017, Public Participation

  63. Transparency Criteria

    IL0029, 2017, Public Participation

  64. Publication of Information Legislative Amendments

    IL0030, 2017, Public Participation

  65. Freedom of Information (FOI) Act

    LR0029, 2017, Right to Information

  66. Improving Local Budget Transparency

    BOJ0003, 2017, Fiscal Transparency

  67. Enhanced Open Procurement Contract Data

    BOJ0004, 2017, Open Contracting and Procurement

  68. Right to Information

    GH0025, 2017, Right to Information

  69. Access to Information Legislation

    PH0049, 2017, Fiscal Transparency

  70. Access to Information on Incorporated Public Services

    FI0025, 2017, Fiscal Transparency

  71. Access to Information Knowledge in the Public Administration

    FI0026, 2017, Fiscal Transparency

  72. Expanding Ecosystem of Access to Information in the Municipalities

    AR0074, 2017, Fiscal Transparency

  73. FOIA Compliance for Annual Reporting

    NG0010, 2017, Justice

  74. FOIA Compliance for Disclosure

    NG0011, 2017, Fiscal Transparency

  75. Virtual Window of Public Administration

    BF0009, 2017, Education

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

    BF0010, 2017, Right to Information

  77. Transparency Portal and the Right of Access

    ES0032, 2017, Fiscal Transparency

  78. Regulations for the Transparency Law

    ES0036, 2017, Fiscal Transparency

  79. Improvement and Facilitation of the Access to Information

    MK0094, 2016, Right to Information

  80. Ensuring the Acquisition of Information

    AZ0039, 2016, Public Service Delivery

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

    CI0008, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  82. Promote Access to Public Information Act

    CI0011, 2016, Public Participation

  83. Proactive Disclosure

    LK0023, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  84. Enhance Access to Information

    CA0042, 2016, Open Data

  85. Natural Resource Transparency

    UK0064, 2016, Extractive Industries

  86. Transparency Defenders

    SV0079, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  87. Application Law of Transparency and Access to Public Information

    HN0048, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  88. Transparency in Civil Service

    HN0049, 2016, Open Contracting and Procurement

  89. Transparency in Municipalities

    HN0050, 2016, Fiscal Transparency

  90. Monitoring Public Spending.

    HN0051, 2016, Fiscal Transparency

  91. Revising Freedom of Information Act Code of Practice

    UK0070, 2016, Open Contracting and Procurement

  92. Shopping Open.

    HN0052, 2016, Open Contracting and Procurement

  93. Information Educational Center.

    HN0053, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  94. Monitoring Health Sector

    HN0054, 2016, Open Contracting and Procurement

  95. FOIA: Implementation and Monitoring

    IT0029, 2016, Right to Information

  96. Better Use of Data Assets

    UK0073, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  97. Monitoring Water and Sanitation Services

    HN0055, 2016, Public Service Delivery

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

    AL0044, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  99. Freedom of Information

    MW0001, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  100. National Integrity System

    MW0003, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  101. Codelco Transparency Website

    CL0035, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  102. National Open Data Agenda

    NL0019, 2016, Open Data

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

    TN0022, 2016, Right to Information

  104. Releasing Ministerial Research Reports

    NL0022, 2016, Health

  105. Detailed Open Spending Data

    NL0023, 2016, Open Contracting and Procurement

  106. Open Local Authority Decision-Making

    NL0024, 2016, Open Data

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

    BR0086, 2016, Right to Information

  108. Easier Freedom of Information Requests

    NL0026, 2016, Infrastructure & Transport

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

    BR0087, 2016, Right to Information

  110. Open Government Expertise Centre (LEOO)

    NL0027, 2016, Public Participation

  111. Open Data and Information Governance in Health

    BR0090, 2016, Health

  112. Strengthen the Legislative Framework Governing Access to Information

    JO0048, 2016, Right to Information

  113. Improving Official Information Practices

    NZ0006, 2016, Records Management

  114. Digitalize administrative processes

    IT0069, 2016, Right to Information

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

    RO0030, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  116. Principles of Open Government

    PY0026, 2016, Open Contracting and Procurement

  117. Organization Information Disclosure Online

    KR0022, 2016, Education

  118. Information in Original Form

    KR0023, 2016, Fiscal Transparency

  119. Municipal Transparency

    DO0037, 2016, Right to Information

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

    BG0051, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  121. Public Procurement Processes Municipal Publication

    DO0038, 2016, Open Contracting and Procurement

  122. RTI Act Implementation Trainings for Administrative Officials

    BG0052, 2016, Records Management

  123. Monitor the Presidential Commitments

    DO0039, 2016, Right to Information

  124. Maintaining Public Electronic Registers on Gambling

    BG0053, 2016, Records Management

  125. Citizens Budget

    DO0040, 2016, Participation in Budget Processes

  126. Publish the Annual Priorities of the National Revenue Agency

    BG0054, 2016, Records Management

  127. Evaluation and Monitoring the Sub-Portals Transparency

    DO0041, 2016, Public Participation

  128. Training Public Access to Information and Institutional Archives

    GT0063, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  129. Analysis/Research Publication for Information Exchange

    BG0055, 2016, Records Management

  130. Virtual School Transparency

    DO0042, 2016, Right to Information

  131. Train Educational Population in Access to Public Information

    GT0064, 2016, Public Service Delivery

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

    BG0056, 2016, Records Management

  133. Culture of Transparency

    DO0043, 2016, Education

  134. Evaluation of Practice Public Access to Information

    GT0065, 2016, Public Participation

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

    BG0057, 2016, Records Management

  136. 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

  137. Information Management and Access Laws

    AU0008, 2016, Public Participation

  138. Freedom of Information

    AU0009, 2016, Records Management

  139. Design Single Platform for Public Information Requests

    GT0071, 2016, Public Service Delivery

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

    BG0075, 2016, Environment and Climate

  141. Introduce Modern Document Management Procedures

    IE0043, 2016, Records Management

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

    RS0020, 2016, Public Participation

  143. Development of the Freedom of Information Law

    GE0048, 2016, Public Participation

  144. Contracting Between the Government and Private Sector

    IL0016, 2015, Open Contracting and Procurement

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

    PE0049, 2015, Public Participation

  146. Training on Transparency and Access to Public Information

    PE0051, 2015, Open Data

  147. RTI

    GH0015, 2015, Right to Information

  148. Public Access to Information

    MT0011, 2015, Public Participation

  149. Social Dialogue

    MT0012, 2015, Public Participation

  150. FOI Training in Public Administration Organizations

    HU0009, 2015, Right to Information

  151. Law on ATI

    PH0029, 2015, Right to Information

  152. Open University

    AR0024, 2015, Education

  153. Pilot Platform Public Nformation

    AR0029, 2015, Open Data

  154. Find Panama

    PA0023, 2015, Records Management

  155. Technical Assistance to Support and Education Secretariats Country

    CO0038, 2015, Public Service Delivery

  156. Environmental Information System

    CO0039, 2015, Environment and Climate

  157. Better Land Management

    CO0047, 2015, Open Contracting and Procurement

  158. Social Map

    CO0048, 2015, Open Contracting and Procurement

  159. Open Data Policy

    CR0024, 2015, Open Contracting and Procurement

  160. Decree on Transparency and Access to Public Information

    CR0025, 2015, Right to Information

  161. Draft Law on Access to Public Information

    CR0026, 2015, Public Participation

  162. Profile Directory Information of Public Institutions

    CR0027, 2015, Records Management

  163. Model Document Management and File Management

    CR0028, 2015, Records Management

  164. Law Enforcement Excessive Paperwork 8220

    CR0029, 2015, Public Service Delivery

  165. Transparent Selection of Civil Servants

    CR0035, 2015, Right to Information

  166. Transparent Management Processes Infrastructure Projects

    CR0036, 2015, Open Contracting and Procurement

  167. Popularize Freedom of Information (Foi) Law

    LR0008, 2015, Right to Information

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

    IL0014, 2015, Right to Information

  169. Web for FOI

    IL0015, 2015, Right to Information

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

    SV0066, 2014, Educa