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Report on how RTI is being taken up, applied, and implemented by government, civil society, and citizens.


The Rapid Study 3.0 on the state of the Information Commissions in India, published by Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative annually can be accessed as an attachment to the post. ...Read more
Posted By : Seema Choudhary
The Right to Information (RTI) Act in Bangladesh was passed on March 29, 2009. In order for RTI to achieve  its  potential,  and  as  international  experiences  s how,  it  is  critical  that  the  Act  is  effectively implemented.  Systematic  and  regular  use  of  the  RTI Act   by   various   stakeholders   may   contribute   to  effective  implementation.  Through  its  use,  it  will  be possible to identify areas for improvement, as well as contribute   to   the   familiarization   of   government officials with the importance of RTI. Yet using the RTI Act  requires  a  strong  demand  side  force  that  can navigate the application and appeals process. Non-governmental      organizations      (NGOs)      in...Read more
Posted By : Seema Choudhary
Significance of annual report/year book cannot be denied as it highlights the activities, accomplishments and performance of an organization / department for the previous financial year. It is also an authentic source of information for the general public. Annual report/year book is considered as an important tool to ensure transparency and accountability in Pakistan as under Rules 25 and 26 of Rules of Business 1973 (Federal Government) Revised, it is mandatory for all public bodies (government ministries/divisions/departments) to prepare their annual report/year book covering details of their targets, activities, achievements and progress during the preceding financial year for the information of the Cabinet and general public. Above in view, publication of annual report/year book...Read more
Posted By : Seema Choudhary
This reference material aims at bringing together laws that enable citizens in having access to information held by public bodies as well as those laws that restrict access to information. First section contains laws that facilitate access to information held by public bodies. Primarily, these are two sets of laws; firstly, laws like Freedom of Information Ordinance 2002, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Act 2013, Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013, Balochistan Freedom of Information Act 2005, Sindh Freedom of Information Act 2006 which are full-fledged laws aimed at facilitating citizens access to information at federal, provincial and district tiers of government, secondly, those laws that contain certain provisions pertaining to openness and transparency. In th...Read more
Posted By : Seema Choudhary
„The State of Right to Information in Pakistan‟, research study conducted every year by Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives, (CPDI) reveals that though Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Act 2013 and Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013 meet international standards of right to information legislation, citizens right of access to information held by public bodies for attainment of their fundamental and basic rights will remain pipe-dream until and unless respective information commission in these provinces do not play their role in a proactive manner for the implementation of the provisions of these laws.  The full report is attached....Read more
Posted By : Seema Choudhary
Despite having one of the stronger RTI Laws in the region, India has witnessed an increasing number of instances of attacks and murders of RTI Activists and Users. The report authored by Suchi Pande analyses the reports for such incidents and recommends a more focussed approach on spreading awareness about use of RTI Laws and increasing reprisals against RTI users. You can read the report here!...Read more
Posted By : Seema Choudhary
This Regional Synthesis Report prepared by Asia Foundation, brings together information collectedthrough country diagnostic studies conducted by The Asia Foundation in partnership with civil society organizations inBangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The country diagnostic studies analyse the state ofcitizens’ access to information, and the implementation and use of RTI legislation in these countries.The findings from the country studies were presented at a regional workshop in Kathmandu forfeedback and discussion of recommendations for country-specific and regional interventions toimprove access to information in South Asia....Read more
Posted By : Seema Choudhary
An open government – conventionally understood as a government thatthat shares information, empowers people with tools to hold the governmentaccountable, and fosters citizen participation in public policy deliberations – is anecessary component of a system of government founded on the rule of law. In the South Asian Region the top three countries were India (37th rank), followed by Nepal (40) and Sri Lanka (52). For full report click at the link below http://worldjusticeproject.org/sites/default/files/ogi_2015.pdf...Read more
Posted By : Seema Choudhary
The report covers international privacy principles, national privacy principles, rationale and emerging issues along with an analysis of relevent legislations/Bills from a privacy perspective....Read more
Posted By : Suchismita Goswami
Dear Readers! Attached is campaign resolution of the CPD (Cooperation for Peace and Development) on the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day 2014. They partnered with UNDP for the extension of the global campaign “Break the Corruption Chain” to Afghanistan. Corruption in the education sector of Afghanistan was their campaign’s focus in 2014.   Please download the attachment to read the full resolution....Read more
Posted By : Suchismita Goswami
    2014: A Year of RTI for Investigative Reporting in Pakistan Zahid Abdullah With the enactment of robust and progressive right to information laws in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab in the shape of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Act 2013 followed by the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013, journalists have started showing keen interest in using RTI legislation for investigative reporting. In fact, some of the stories filed by journalists would perhaps not have been possible otherwise.   Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives has consistently maintained that RTI can be a very potent and powerful tool for investigative reporting. Journalist would argue that they have to meet deadlines while retrieving information by submitting information is a time con...Read more
Posted By : Suchismita Goswami
As transparency advocates in India celebrate the 10th anniversary of the RTI Act , researchers at the RTI Assessment & Analysis Group (RaaG) have released the findings of a nation-wide study of the implementation and the usage of this law. They conducted over 2279 interviews, 95 focus group discussions filing over 450 RTI requests followed up. The sample comprised 4 states and Delhi, with 2 districts in each state. In each district, three villages were surveyed. Some of the reported findings can be accessed here: http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/over-1-98-lakh-cases-pending-in-23-information-commissions-114101000757_1.html, http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-only-06-rti-pleas-frivolous-study-1994150, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/RTI-backlog-burden-...Read more
Posted By : Suchismita Goswami
CHRI circulated their preliminary study of a crime-related data set that the Government of India has made public as part of its Open Data Initiative. That study focused on atrocities heaped upon some of the most vulnerable and marginalised of communities in India known as the Scheduled Castes or Dalits.   Despite declining membership of the Open Government Partnership, India has made some advances in making a lot of information about its working public through its Data Portal - data.gov.in This is proving useful to us in civil society in many ways.   We at CHRI believe that Open Data is as good as the use to which it can be put. I have attached a preliminary report of our study of dataset relating to the crime of rape against women. This is part of our endeavour to show the potenti...Read more
Posted By : Suchismita Goswami
Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative is pleased to release the latest rapid study report on the status of the 29 Information Commissions established under the two RTI laws across India as well as the use of those laws by citizens. We are releasing this report now as the Central Right to Information Act entered the 10th year of its implementation on 23 June, 2014.  ...Read more
Posted By : Suchismita Goswami
Dear all, This is an experimental effort at mining publicly available information such as statistics and figures, from official sources, to map the trends across the country and with particular reference to the States where the most number of crimes have been reported under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 (SC/ST POA Act) in the last decade. SCs and STs belong to the most marginalised and underdeveloped and disempowered segments of Indian society. Thanks to the implementation of the National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy (NDSAP) instituted by the Central Government in 2012, all ministries and departments are now required to publish datasets (statistical or other kinds of data) that they have in their possession which is not likely to c...Read more
Posted By : Suchismita Goswami
MRDI an organisation in Bangladesh which stands out in the country for their work in Access to Information conducted a study with support of Asia Foundation to understand the implementation status of Bangladesh RTI Act. The country diagnostic study was conducted to assess the status of citizens’ access to information in Bangladesh. The study analyzed the demand and supply side of the law, for instance how civil society and other stakeholders are using the law and how it is being implemented by the authority. Based on the findings, the study proposes a set of recommendations for better implementation of the law in Bangladesh....Read more
Posted By : Suchismita Goswami
Posted By : Seema Choudhary
Posted By : Suchismita Goswami
Posted By : Suchismita Goswami
On the occasion of eighth anniversary of adoption of Central Right to Information Act, 2005, Access to Information Team of Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) has brought out a Rapid Study on "The Use of Right to Information Laws in India". This is the first time in India that data from official records is used to get a comprehensive view on the working of the RTI Act in India. The Report can be viewed here ...Read more
Posted By : Suchismita Goswami
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