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September 28, 2016
To celebrate the Right to Know Day, we prepared this special edition on access to information, a powerful tool that has enabled citizens and organizations all over the world to carry out social accountability projects.
Right to Know Highlights
Bikes & Access to Information
This video shows an inspiring story on how access to information empowered Bcsicletos, a local organization in La Paz, Mexico, to monitor funds that were previously allocated to the construction of a bike path. With this information, Bcsicletos held the municipal government into account and achieved that the bike path was built.
Video
This infographic prepared by Article 19 provides an excellent glance of the right to information around the world. To date, 88% of the world’s population lives in a country with an RTI law or policy. Don’t forget to check their global RTI interactive map as well!
Tunisia’s New Right to Information Law Needs People Power to Work
Joel Campagna & Eszter Filippinyi
Tunisia’s recent adoption of a law granting people access to information is cause for celebration. But whether this law can bring the country closer to its democratic aspirations ultimately depends on citizens’ ability to make use of it, and on a public sector that is prepared to implement it and comply with its obligations.
Blog
The Centre for Law and Democracy and Access Info Europe just released an updated version of the RTI Rating, a comparative assessment of national legal frameworks for RTI. In this edition, Mexico ranked as the top country in the world.
[Spanish] El Consejo para la Transparencia (Chile) y la UNESCO conmemoran en Santiago el primer Día Internacional del Acceso Universal a la Información
Con el seminario “A 10 años del fallo Claude Reyes vs el Estado de Chile”, y con la presencia de José Luis Santamaría, presidente del Consejo para la Transparencia, y Edison Lanza, relator especial para la Libertad de Expresión de la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, se conmemorará en Santiago de Chile el primer Día Internacional del Acceso Universal a la Información.
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More information on the International Day for Universal Access to Information
Our Members at a Glance
Gilbert Sendugwa, Coordinator & Head of Secretariat of the Africa Freedom of Information Centre, and an active member of the GPSA Knowledge Platform, shares with us his reflections on the current state of the right to information and how it can enhance social accountability.

According to him, the situation of citizens’ Access to information (ATI) has improved rapidly around the world and more so in Africa over the past decade. This is particularly so in respect to adoption of Access to Information Laws. Altogether, there are nearly 105 countries with these laws. In Africa, the number has increased from 5 countries in the year 2010 to 19 today, with Kenya who ATI law was signed by President Uhuru Kenyatta some weeks ago. Gilbert thinks that, whereas a lot of work still needs to be done in terms of implementation, more knowledge tools and technology have evolved over the past years, which present important opportunities to strengthen both the demand and the implementation of ATI laws.

In his interview, Gilbert also shares with us a number of lessons arising from case studies of citizens who use access to information in Uganda, Kenya and Malawi to expose corruption and redress. Among these lessons are:
a) ATI laws are important in providing people the power to exercise their right to know
b) Existence of laws in themselves is not enough. People need awareness of the existence of these and ability to use the law to solve their problems.
c) When people are trained on ATI, they use the acquired knowledge to solve their problems in a variety of spheres.
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Case Studies
We would like to thank Michael Karanicolas, David Banisar, Renata Terrazas and Gilbert Senduwga for their contributions to this newsletter.
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Don´t forget that you too can contribute to the Knowledge platform. Send us your social accountability materials (toolkits, reports, videos, etc.) and disseminate them in the Networking Board. You can also send us the news and events of your organizations and networks. 

For more information on the GPSA Knowledge Platform, please contact us through gpsakp@fundar.org.mx 
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