Review of Impact and Effectiveness of Transparency and Accountability Initiatives. Annex 3: Freedom of Information.
In approaching this subject area within the parameters of this project, the approach that was adopted focused on drawing on the key literature in this area, and so the primary methodology was a desktop survey and summary of the current state of the sector. This is supplemented with an account of some theoretical considerations of Freedom of Information (FOI), both in terms of their rationale, and the nature of the right that they generate. The report also takes a case study approach, using the experience of two organisations – the Open Democracy Advice Centre in South Africa, and MKSS in India – to shed some light on the relationship between FOI and socio-economic change.
Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton, UK. 25 pp.