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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. 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

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

    LK0022, 2016, Anti-Corruption

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

    CL0032, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  3. Starred commitment Strengthening Environmental Democracy

    CL0033, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  4. Starred commitment Enhance Right to Information

    KE0017, 2016, Right to Information

  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, Anti-Corruption

  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 Openness

  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. Publication of Data and Information

    AZ0056, 2020, Open Data

  25. e-Access and Expansion

    NO0056, 2019, Right to Information

  26. Increase Use of RTI

    LK0026, 2019, Marginalized Communities

  27. Improve Implementation of Right to Access to Information

    SL0026, 2019, Gender

  28. Records and Archives Management

    SL0029, 2019, Records Management

  29. Transparency

    IT0058, 2019, Fiscal Openness

  30. Open Data Portal

    PH0059, 2019, Anti-Corruption

  31. Passage of Freedom of Information Law

    PH0062, 2019, Gender

  32. Implementation of the Access to Information Act

    SYC0002, 2019, Marginalized Communities

  33. Active Transparency Initiative

    AR0089, 2019, Public Participation

  34. Improve Compliance with Freedom of Information Act with Focus on Records Management

    NG0023, 2019, Records Management

  35. Improved Compliance with Mandatory Publication Provisions Requirement (FOIA)

    NG0024, 2019, Justice

  36. Transparent and Open Administration

    LU0001, 2019, Open Regulations

  37. Capacity-Building Around Access to Information

    EC0006, 2019, Public Participation

  38. Legislation Materials Portal

    SK0135, 2019, Open Regulations

  39. Gender-Based Violence Open Data

    UY0103, 2018, Gender

  40. Access to Information Law

    UY0108, 2018, Legislature

  41. Gender Perspective to Access to Information

    UY0109, 2018, Gender

  42. Open Municipalities

    UY0114, 2018, Right to Information

  43. Awareness-Raising About Access to Information Rights

    MK0121, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  44. Regional Open Data Initiatives

    MK0131, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  45. Parliamentary TV Channel

    MK0141, 2018, Legislature

  46. Accountability Portals

    HN0060, 2018, Open Regulations

  47. Access to Municipal Information

    HN0061, 2018, Right to Information

  48. Implementing Right to Information

    HR0026, 2018, Justice

  49. Access to Information

    CA0070, 2018, Marginalized Communities

  50. ATI Awareness Raising

    MO0001, 2018, Public Participation

  51. Training Information Officers

    MO0002, 2018, Justice

  52. Open Data

    MO0004, 2018, Open Data

  53. Access to Administrative and Environmental Information

    PT0007, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  54. Right to Information

    TN0036, 2018, Right to Information

  55. Open Government Standard and Dashboard

    NL0036, 2018, Open Data

  56. National Electronic System/ATI implementation

    BR0110, 2018, Public Participation

  57. Legislation on Access to Information

    PNG0001, 2018, Right to Information

  58. Access to Information Law

    JO0063, 2018, Justice

  59. Inter-Agency Information Sharing

    PNG0002, 2018, Records Management

  60. Official Information

    NZ0018, 2018, Legislature

  61. Implement Right to Information

    KAD0004, 2018, Legislature

  62. Improving Proactive Transparency – Information Booklet

    RS0038, 2018, Legislature

  63. Access to Information Law

    RS0039, 2018, Legislature

  64. Access to Information

    COT0001, 2018, Water and Sanitation

  65. Access to State and Municipal Authorities

    KG0011, 2018, Public Participation

  66. Access to Information

    AU0020, 2018, Right to Information

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

    GT0098, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  68. Strengthen the Information Mechanism in 60 Governmental Agencies

    AF0011, 2017, Public Participation

  69. Transparency Criteria

    IL0029, 2017, Public Participation

  70. Publication of Information Legislative Amendments

    IL0030, 2017, Public Participation

  71. Freedom of Information (FOI) Act

    LR0029, 2017, Right to Information

  72. Improving Local Budget Transparency

    BOJ0003, 2017, Fiscal Openness

  73. Enhanced Open Procurement Contract Data

    BOJ0004, 2017, Anti-Corruption

  74. Right to Information

    GH0025, 2017, Right to Information

  75. Access to Information Legislation

    PH0049, 2017, Fiscal Openness

  76. Access to Information on Incorporated Public Services

    FI0025, 2017, Fiscal Openness

  77. Access to Information Knowledge in the Public Administration

    FI0026, 2017, Fiscal Openness

  78. Expanding Ecosystem of Access to Information in the Municipalities

    AR0074, 2017, Fiscal Openness

  79. FOIA Compliance for Annual Reporting

    NG0010, 2017, Justice

  80. FOIA Compliance for Disclosure

    NG0011, 2017, Fiscal Openness

  81. Virtual Window of Public Administration

    BF0009, 2017, Education

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

    BF0010, 2017, Right to Information

  83. Transparency Portal and the Right of Access

    ES0032, 2017, Fiscal Openness

  84. Regulations for the Transparency Law

    ES0036, 2017, Fiscal Openness

  85. Improvement and Facilitation of the Access to Information

    MK0094, 2016, Right to Information

  86. Ensuring the Acquisition of Information

    AZ0039, 2016, Public Service Delivery

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

    CI0008, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  88. Promote Access to Public Information Act

    CI0011, 2016, Public Participation

  89. Proactive Disclosure

    LK0023, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  90. Enhance Access to Information

    CA0042, 2016, Open Data

  91. Natural Resource Transparency

    UK0064, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  92. Transparency Defenders

    SV0079, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  93. Application Law of Transparency and Access to Public Information

    HN0048, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  94. Transparency in Civil Service

    HN0049, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  95. Transparency in Municipalities

    HN0050, 2016, Fiscal Openness

  96. Monitoring Public Spending.

    HN0051, 2016, Fiscal Openness

  97. Revising Freedom of Information Act Code of Practice

    UK0070, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  98. Shopping Open.

    HN0052, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  99. Information Educational Center.

    HN0053, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  100. Monitoring Health Sector

    HN0054, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  101. FOIA: Implementation and Monitoring

    IT0029, 2016, Right to Information

  102. Better Use of Data Assets

    UK0073, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  103. Monitoring Water and Sanitation Services

    HN0055, 2016, Public Service Delivery

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

    AL0044, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  105. Freedom of Information

    MW0001, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  106. National Integrity System

    MW0003, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  107. Codelco Transparency Website

    CL0035, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  108. National Open Data Agenda

    NL0019, 2016, Open Data

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

    TN0022, 2016, Right to Information

  110. Releasing Ministerial Research Reports

    NL0022, 2016, Health

  111. Detailed Open Spending Data

    NL0023, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  112. Open Local Authority Decision-Making

    NL0024, 2016, Open Data

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

    BR0086, 2016, Right to Information

  114. Easier Freedom of Information Requests

    NL0026, 2016, Infrastructure & Transport

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

    BR0087, 2016, Right to Information