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Implementation guides

In this section you will find guides developed by governments and civil society for authorities and organizations for the purpose of implementing the FOI/RTI laws in South Asia.


Enacted by the Government of Bangladesh in the first session of the 9th Parliament, the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2009 has moved forward over the last five years. Independent analysts have, however, identified areas where steps could be undertaken to make the process more productive, not only in the creation of greater transparency, awareness and higher demand for information but also better supply of the required information. Quite correctly, it is being mentioned that this would assist in improving governance, accountability and reducing corruption. The World Bank has been associated with this significant initiative from the very beginning. They have done so because they feel that “it is incontrovertible that the most difficult aspect of any new legislation or policy is its impl...Read more
Posted By : Saine
Avishek Goenka, the writ petitioner and also an RTI activist filed a writ petition accompanied with the prayer that the authority should not insist upon the detailed address of the applicant when he files an RTI application. He apprehends that interested parties would cause a threat to the activist and also places emphasis that in the past where there have unfortunate incidents caused to the activists. Thus, the petitioner prayed that merely mentioning a Post Box number for the purpose of contacting the applicant should be enough for the purpose of the Right to Information Act (RTI Act).  The 2-judge bench of the Court, including the acting Chief Justice, ruled that disclosing a Post Box number should be adequate for the purpose of Section 6(2) of the RTI Act which requires an RTI applic...Read more
Posted By : Amrita Paul
Under India’s Right to Information Act (2005), third parties have certain rights to intervene when an application relates to information about them or which they have provides to public authorities. These parties include any person or body (including a public authority) who is neither (a) the person submitting the application/appeal nor (b) the authority processing the application. This Guidance Note clarifies the rights of these parties, who they are, when they must be consulted and the relevant procedures under the law....Read more
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This valuable guide tries to answer the question “what happens once we have an access to information law in place?” Drawing on experiences from across the world with helpful case studies and offering practical, step-by-step advice, it deals with the tasks of creating a culture of openness, a supportive legislative regime, effective systems and of monitoring implementation. It is an indispensable resource for individuals, NGOs and governments alike. Source CHRI ...Read more
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This valuable guide tries to answer the question “what happens once we have an access to information law in place?” Drawing on experiences from across the world with helpful case studies and offering practical, step-by-step advice, it deals with the tasks of creating a culture of openness, a supportive legislative regime, effective systems and of monitoring implementation. It is an indispensable resource for individuals, NGOs and governments alike. Source CHRI ...Read more
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