A New Focus on Implementation of ATI Laws

By Carole Excell (Posted: May 29, 2013)

There is growing evidence of a greater focus on efforts to assess and promote more effective implementation of ATI laws. WRI released a little over a year ago new research on implementation challenges in 3 African countries (Uganda, Ghana and South Africa) as part of its ATI in Africa Project. The paper entitled Passive and Active Resistance to Openess : The Transparency Model for ATI laws in Africa written with partners from each of these countries (ODAC, CDD and Greenwatch) documents longstanding implementation challenges in Uganda, Ghana and South Africa.

The World Bank has also recently released new ATI case studies and an indicator framework for assessing implementation efforts in countries all over the world. PAM:https://www.agidata.org/Pam/Documents/FOI%20ME%20Note_12Apr1... See case studies and access report at:http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/TOPICS/EXTPUBLICSEC...

The Carter Center has also developed an IAT or Implementation Assessment Tool http://www.cartercenter.org/peace/americas/accesstoinformation/IAT/index.html which serves the dual purpose of diagnosing the extent to which the public administration is capacitated to respond to requests and to provide information, as well as providing an implementation roadmap for the government. This is all good news. An expanded base of knowledge on how to ensure successful implementation of FOI laws is needed to translate legislation into timely and effective public access to meaningful information. These continued efforts on research and improving implementation need the full support of the ATI community.