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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, E-Government

  3. Starred commitment Strengthening Environmental Democracy

    CL0033, 2016, Environment and Climate

  4. Starred commitment Enhance Right to Information

    KE0017, 2016, Capacity Building

  5. Starred commitment AIP Law and Principles of Open Government

    PY0025, 2016, Capacity Building

  6. Starred commitment Right of Access to Public Information

    UY0083, 2016, Capacity Building

  7. Starred commitment Ammendments to FOIA

    US0066, 2015, Open Data

  8. Starred commitment Access to Information for People with Disabilities

    CO0033, 2015, Capacity Building

  9. Starred commitment Right to Access Information Law

    SL0010, 2014, Capacity Building

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

    TZ0026, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  11. Starred commitment Strengthening Environmental Democracy

    CL0031, 2014, Environment and Climate

  12. Starred commitment Law on Access to Public Information

    PY0016, 2014, Judiciary

  13. Starred commitment Draft Law on Open Data

    UA0038, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  14. Starred commitment Supervisory Mechanism for the Right to Information

    UA0039, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  15. Starred commitment Improvements to Access to Public Information Act

    BG0035, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

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

    RS0009, 2014, E-Government

  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, Legislation & Regulation

  19. Starred commitment Bill on Access to Public Information

    CO0009, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

  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, E-Government

  22. Starred commitment Opening and Response Information Offices

    SV0001, 2012, Capacity Building

  23. Starred commitment Opening Office Departmental Information and Response

    SV0002, 2012, Capacity Building

  24. e-Access and Expansion

    NO0056, 2019, Civic Space

  25. Increase Use of RTI

    LK0026, 2019, E-Government

  26. Improve implementation of right to access to information

    SL0026, 2019, E-Government

  27. Records and Archives Management

    SL0029, 2019, Legislation & Regulation

  28. Transparency

    IT0058, 2019, E-Government

  29. Gender-Based Violence Open Data

    UY0103, 2018, E-Government

  30. Access to Information Law

    UY0108, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  31. Gender Perspective to Access to Information

    UY0109, 2018, Capacity Building

  32. Open Municipalities

    UY0114, 2018, Capacity Building

  33. Awareness-Raising About Access to Information Rights

    MK0121, 2018, Capacity Building

  34. Regional Open Data Initiatives

    MK0131, 2018, Open Data

  35. Parliamentary TV Channel

    MK0141, 2018, E-Government

  36. Accountability Portals

    HN0060, 2018, Capacity Building

  37. Access to Municipal Information

    HN0061, 2018, Capacity Building

  38. Implementing Right to Information

    HR0026, 2018, Capacity Building

  39. Access to Information

    CA0070, 2018, Capacity Building

  40. ATI Awareness Raising

    MO0001, 2018, Capacity Building

  41. Training Information Officers

    MO0002, 2018, Capacity Building

  42. Open Data

    MO0004, 2018, Capacity Building

  43. Access to Administrative and Environmental Information

    PT0007, 2018, E-Government

  44. Right to Information

    TN0036, 2018, Capacity Building

  45. Open Government Standard and Dashboard

    NL0036, 2018, E-Government

  46. National Electronic System/ATI implementation

    BR0110, 2018, E-Government

  47. Legislation on Access to Information

    PNG0001, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  48. Access to Information Law

    JO0063, 2018, Capacity Building

  49. Inter-Agency Information Sharing

    PNG0002, 2018, Capacity Building

  50. Official Information

    NZ0018, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  51. Implement Right to Information

    KAD0004, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  52. Improving proactive transparency – Information Booklet

    RS0038, 2018, E-Government

  53. Access to Information Law

    RS0039, 2018, Capacity Building

  54. Access to Information

    COT0001, 2018, Capacity Building

  55. Access to State and Municipal Authorities

    KG0011, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  56. Access to Information

    AU0020, 2018, OGP

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

    GT0098, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  58. Strengthen the Information Mechanism in 60 Governmental Agencies

    AF0011, 2017, Capacity Building

  59. Transparency Criteria

    IL0029, 2017, Public Participation

  60. Publication of Information Legislative Amendments

    IL0030, 2017, Legislation & Regulation

  61. Freedom of Information (FOI) Act

    LR0029, 2017, Capacity Building

  62. Improving Local Budget Transparency

    BOJ0003, 2017, E-Government

  63. Enhanced Open Procurement Contract Data

    BOJ0004, 2017, Fiscal Transparency

  64. Right to Information

    GH0025, 2017, Legislation & Regulation

  65. Access to Information Legislation

    PH0049, 2017, Capacity Building

  66. Access to Information on Incorporated Public Services

    FI0025, 2017, Fiscal Transparency

  67. Access to Information Knowledge in the Public Administration

    FI0026, 2017, Capacity Building

  68. Expanding Ecosystem of Access to Information in the Municipalities

    AR0074, 2017, Capacity Building

  69. FOIA Compliance for Annual Reporting

    NG0010, 2017, Capacity Building

  70. FOIA Compliance for Disclosure

    NG0011, 2017, E-Government

  71. Virtual Window of Public Administration

    BF0009, 2017, Capacity Building

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

    BF0010, 2017, Legislation & Regulation

  73. Transparency Portal and the Right of Access

    ES0032, 2017, Capacity Building

  74. Regulations for the Transparency Law

    ES0036, 2017, E-Government

  75. Improvement and Facilitation of the Access to Information

    MK0094, 2016, Capacity Building

  76. Ensuring the Acquisition of Information

    AZ0039, 2016, Capacity Building

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

    CI0008, 2016, E-Government

  78. Promote Access to Public Information Act

    CI0011, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  79. Proactive Disclosure

    LK0023, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  80. Enhance Access to Information

    CA0042, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  81. Natural Resource Transparency

    UK0064, 2016, Extractive Industries

  82. Transparency Defenders

    SV0079, 2016, Capacity Building

  83. Application Law of Transparency and Access to Public Information

    HN0048, 2016, Public Participation

  84. Transparency in Civil Service

    HN0049, 2016, Open Contracting and Procurement

  85. Transparency in Municipalities

    HN0050, 2016, Fiscal Transparency

  86. Monitoring Public Spending.

    HN0051, 2016, Fiscal Transparency

  87. Revising Freedom of Information Act Code of Practice

    UK0070, 2016, Open Contracting and Procurement

  88. Shopping Open.

    HN0052, 2016, E-Government

  89. Information Educational Center.

    HN0053, 2016, E-Government

  90. Monitoring Health Sector

    HN0054, 2016, E-Government

  91. FOIA: Implementation and Monitoring

    IT0029, 2016, Capacity Building

  92. Better Use of Data Assets

    UK0073, 2016, Capacity Building

  93. Monitoring Water and Sanitation Services

    HN0055, 2016, Environment and Climate

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

    AL0044, 2016, E-Government

  95. Freedom of Information

    MW0001, 2016, Human Rights

  96. National Integrity System

    MW0003, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  97. Codelco Transparency Website

    CL0035, 2016, E-Government

  98. National Open Data Agenda

    NL0019, 2016, Capacity Building

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

    TN0022, 2016, Capacity Building

  100. Releasing Ministerial Research Reports

    NL0022, 2016, Health

  101. Detailed Open Spending Data

    NL0023, 2016, Fiscal Transparency

  102. Open Local Authority Decision-Making

    NL0024, 2016, Open Data

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

    BR0086, 2016, Capacity Building

  104. Easier Freedom of Information Requests

    NL0026, 2016, Capacity Building

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

    BR0087, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  106. Open Government Expertise Centre (LEOO)

    NL0027, 2016, Capacity Building

  107. Open Data and Information Governance in Health

    BR0090, 2016, E-Government

  108. Strengthen the Legislative Framework Governing Access to Information

    JO0048, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  109. Improving Official Information Practices

    NZ0006, 2016, Capacity Building

  110. Digitalize administrative processes

    IT0069, 2016, E-Government

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

    RO0030, 2016, Capacity Building

  112. Principles of Open Government

    PY0026, 2016, E-Government

  113. Organization Information Disclosure Online

    KR0022, 2016, E-Government

  114. Information in Original Form

    KR0023, 2016, Capacity Building

  115. Municipal Transparency

    DO0037, 2016, E-Government

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

    BG0051, 2016, E-Government

  117. Public Procurement Processes Municipal Publication

    DO0038, 2016, Capacity Building

  118. RTI Act Implementation Trainings for Administrative Officials

    BG0052, 2016, Capacity Building

  119. Monitor the Presidential Commitments

    DO0039, 2016, E-Government

  120. Maintaining Public Electronic Registers on Gambling

    BG0053, 2016, Capacity Building

  121. Citizens Budget

    DO0040, 2016, Capacity Building

  122. Publish the Annual Priorities of the National Revenue Agency

    BG0054, 2016, E-Government

  123. Evaluation and Monitoring the Sub-Portals Transparency

    DO0041, 2016, E-Government

  124. Training Public Access to Information and Institutional Archives

    GT0063, 2016, Capacity Building

  125. Analysis/Research Publication for Information Exchange

    BG0055, 2016, E-Government

  126. Virtual School Transparency

    DO0042, 2016, Capacity Building

  127. Train Educational Population in Access to Public Information

    GT0064, 2016, Capacity Building

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

    BG0056, 2016, E-Government

  129. Culture of Transparency

    DO0043, 2016, Capacity Building

  130. Evaluation of Practice Public Access to Information

    GT0065, 2016, Capacity Building

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

    BG0057, 2016, E-Government

  132. 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

  133. Information Management and Access Laws

    AU0008, 2016, Capacity Building

  134. Freedom of Information

    AU0009, 2016, Capacity Building

  135. Design Single Platform for Public Information Requests

    GT0071, 2016, E-Government

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

    BG0075, 2016, E-Government

  137. Introduce Modern Document Management Procedures

    IE0043, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

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

    RS0020, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  139. Development of the Freedom of Information Law

    GE0048, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  140. Contracting Between the Government and Private Sector

    IL0016, 2015, Open Contracting and Procurement

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

    PE0049, 2015, Capacity Building

  142. Training on Transparency and Access to Public Information

    PE0051, 2015, Capacity Building

  143. RTI

    GH0015, 2015, Right to Information

  144. Public Access to Information

    MT0011, 2015, E-Government

  145. Social Dialogue

    MT0012, 2015, Capacity Building

  146. FOI Training in Public Administration Organizations

    HU0009, 2015, Capacity Building

  147. Law on ATI

    PH0029, 2015, Right to Information

  148. Open University

    AR0024, 2015, Capacity Building

  149. Pilot Platform Public Nformation

    AR0029, 2015, Capacity Building

  150. Find Panama

    PA0023, 2015, Capacity Building

  151. Technical Assistance to Support and Education Secretariats Country

    CO0038, 2015, Capacity Building

  152. Environmental Information System

    CO0039, 2015, E-Government

  153. Better Land Management

    CO0047, 2015, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  154. Social Map

    CO0048, 2015, E-Government

  155. Open Data Policy

    CR0024, 2015, Capacity Building

  156. Decree on Transparency and Access to Public Information

    CR0025, 2015, Capacity Building

  157. Draft Law on Access to Public Information

    CR0026, 2015, Legislation & Regulation

  158. Profile Directory Information of Public Institutions

    CR0027, 2015, E-Government

  159. Model Document Management and File Management

    CR0028, 2015, E-Government

  160. Law Enforcement Excessive Paperwork 8220

    CR0029, 2015, Legislation & Regulation

  161. Transparent Selection of Civil Servants

    CR0035, 2015, E-Government

  162. Transparent Management Processes Infrastructure Projects

    CR0036, 2015, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  163. Popularize Freedom of Information (Foi) Law

    LR0008, 2015, Capacity Building

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

    IL0014, 2015, Capacity Building

  165. Web for FOI

    IL0015, 2015, Right to Information

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

    SV0066, 2014, Capacity Building

  167. Public Information Quality for Everyone

    HN0033, 2014, Right to Information

  168. Open Information Core Commitment

    CA0040, 2014, Right to Information

  169. TransPArenti+1

    IT0019, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  170. Strengthening Citizen Participation in the System of Public Safety

    HN0046, 2014, Human Rights

  171. Right to Access Information Legislative Framework

    HR0010, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

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

    HR0011, 2014, Capacity Building

  173. Streamline the Free Access to Information System

    CZ0012, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

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

    TN0004, 2014, Human Rights

  175. Transparency and Access to Public Information Projects Emblematic

    PY0019, 2014, E-Government

  176. Implementation of the School of Transparency.

    GT0033, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

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

    AM0025, 2014, Capacity Building

  178. Improve Levels of Transparency and Access to Information

    GT0037, 2014, Right to Information

  179. Establishing Rules on Processing Official Information

    UA0035, 2014, E-Government

  180. Enhancing Information Disclosure

    KR0019, 2014, Public Participation

  181. Unique Portal Application for Access to Public Information

    DO0026, 2014, E-Government