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Interviews of people who work with RTI including but not limited to academics, civil society, civil servants, and RTI users.


Published on 19 Oct 2014 Venkatesh Nayak, Program Coordinator (Access to Justice) with the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, tells us how he used the RTI to ask the Central Government why it has not framed Whistleblowers' Protection Rules, despite the enactment of the Whistleblowers' Protection Act. He also asks what the Government is doing to protect Whistleblowers in India, where cases of assault and murder of Whistleblowers have been steadily increasing. #useRTIsaveRTI...Read more
Posted By : Suchismita Goswami
Posted By : Suchismita Goswami
      By Peter Veit, Natalya Lozovaya and Catherine Easton - May 31, 2013 Harriet Bibangambah, a Research Officer at Greenwatch Uganda, also contributed to this post. Uganda is one of only 10 African countries with a national access to information (ATI) law. These types of laws are essential to human rights, providing citizens with legal access to the government-held information that directly impacts them—information on issues like mining permits, logging concessions, air quality data, and more. But as researchers are learning, ATI laws on the books do not necessarily guarantee freedom of information. Investigating Access to Information in Uganda The Access to Information in Africa project—a joint initiative with WRI and the Ghana Center for Democratic Development, Greenwatch...Read more
Posted By : Amrita Paul
      By Shitemi Khamadi As the media and the country await legislation on the right to information, a judge in a recent case has given direction as to who can access any information held by the State. High Court Judge Mumbi Ngugi ruled in a case in which Nairobi Law Monthly Limited, publisher of the Nairobi Law Monthly, had sued energy producer KenGen to release all information related to contracts it had awarded to two Chinese companies. In her ruling, the judge asserted that journalists, bloggers and private citizens as individuals have a right to seek and be given whatever information they want from the State. However, institutions, including media houses do not enjoy the same right. This means that although a journalist cannot seek information on behalf of a media house, the j...Read more
Posted By : Amrita Paul
Despite guarantee of access to information given by the constitution, Nepal is yet to have the institutional capability to exercise it. An interview with New Spotlight News Magazine, Pokharel has voiced his views about Right to Information (RTI) is crucial for promoting human rights. Although the Interim Constitution guarantees the right to information as a fundamental right of Nepalese citizens and the Right to Information Act and Regulation has already been made to provide information to the citizens, a large number of people are yet to gain access to information they require. At a time when there are growing incidents of impunity and corruption at various development ministries, a free flow of information is necessary to prevent them.  Experts argue that Right to Information (R...Read more
Posted By : Amrita Paul
Shailesh Gandhi who returned to Mumbai after a much-admired stint as Central Information Commissioner (CIC),  volunteered to conduct two sessions every month in November, December and January for Moneylife Foundation on the Right to Information (RTI) Act. understanding its key provisions and how to file effective applications with important dos and don'ts to ensure your queries are answered.Shailesh Gandhi is a graduate in Civil Engineering from IIT Bombay. He was a first generation entrepreneur in plastic packaging and was CMD of Clear Plastics Ltd. At the end of the 90s, Mr Gandhi began to devote a considerable amount of time to civil society issues. He evangalised the use of RTI and tirelessly conducted RTI workshops. He was conferred the Nani Palkhivala Memorial Award for civil libert...Read more
Posted By : Seema Choudhary
  A.K. Shiva Kumar is a development economist and Adviser to UNICEF, India. He was interviewed in New Delhi, India on the second week of February 2011 by Stefano De Santis"Introduces the Right to Information, NREGA and Right to Education, and continues..This is the fundamental question: where does India get the financial resources to ensure that all children get quality education, that every Indian has access to health? And what is the answer you give? There are two ways of looking at it. One is to ask the question "can India afford these high level investments in basichealth and education?" But a more fundamental way of putting this question today is "can India afford not to invest in basic health, basic education, basic nutrition and these essentials in life. But fundam...Read more
Posted By : Seema Choudhary
Published on Dec 18, 2013 Guests: Prashant Bhushan (Advocate, Supreme Court and Member, Aam Aadmi Party) ; Arun Bhagat (Former Special Director, CBI) ; Anjali Bharadwaj (Secretary, National Campaign for People's Right to Information (NCPRI)) ; Sudhir Kumar (Former Commissioner, Central Vigilance Commission)Anchor: Girish NikamAir date: December 17, 2013 ...Read more
Posted By : Seema Choudhary
Guests: A N Tiwari (Former Chief Information Commissioner) ; Nilotpal Basu (Central Committee Member, CPI(M)) ; Anjali Bharadwaj (Secretary, National Campaign for People's Right to Information)Anchor: Girish NikamAir date: September 2, 2013   ...Read more
Posted By : Seema Choudhary
Guests: A N Tiwari (Former Chief Information Commissioner) ; Nilotpal Basu (Central Committee Member, CPI(M)) ; Anjali Bharadwaj (Secretary, National Campaign for People's Right to Information)Anchor: Girish NikamAir date: September 2, 2013   ...Read more
Posted By : Seema Choudhary
More than 90 countries around the world have laws guaranteeing the right to information. But getting an information law on the books is only the beginning. Making sure that public information actually reaches ordinary citizens is a challenge of its own.  In the first three years after India passed its 2005 Right to Information Act, there were over two million requests. Even with a network of information commissioners in place to facilitate applications, the system was facing crushing backlogs. Shailesh Gandhi, a Central Information Commissioner in New Delhi, set out to create a new approach to keep cases moving.   ...Read more
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