Practical Guidance Note. Rigth to Information


 

Table of Contents

List of acronyms

Glossary

Executive summary

1 The right to information page 8
1.1 What is a right to information? page 8
1.2 Why is the right to information important? page 8
1.3 Right to information is an increasing priority for many states page 10
1.4 How can UNDP promote right to information? page 11

2 Promoting the right to information in the pre-legislation stage page 12
2.1 Different approaches to campagning for right to information legislation page 12
2.2 The roles of civil society and the media page 16
2.3 How can UNDP engage in the pre-legislation stage? page 18

3 The Content of right to information legislation page 20
3.1 Constitutional provision for right to information page 20
3.2 Legal garantees provided in right to information legislation page 20
3.3 The scope of the legislation page 24
3.4 How can UNDP engage in the development of right to information legislation? page 26

4 Implementation of right to information legislation page 27
4.1 Building public awareness page 27
4.2 Promoting an informed civil service page 29
4.3 Encouraging cultural change page 29
4.4 Developing an effective information management system page 29
4.5 Establishing the regulatory and enforcement machinery page 30
4.6 Government abuse of right to infortmation legislation page 31
4.7 How can UNDP engage in this area? page 32

5 Resources and further reading page 34

Annex: Right to information in UNDP programme countries page 36



2nd December 2004



 



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