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Institutions Guaranteeing Access to Information

OECD and MENA Region

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Thanks to comparative tables and precise examples, this report offers an overall picture of the institutions guaranteeing access to information (IGAI) in OECD member countries. While it does not provide a comprehensive analysis of each of these institutions, it examines the legislation, the composition, and operation of the IGAIs as well as their missions regarding the spontaneous disclosure and appeals following access to information requests.

Similarly, the report carries out an overall analysis of the access to information legislation of Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia, and of the legal and practical context of their IGAIs. In particular, it offers ways to make the implementation of this legislation more effective, at a time when these countries’ citizens are very keen on increased access to information.

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Foreword

The right to access information is an essential element of open government, and should be considered in the framework of ongoing public governance reforms and a transparent and participatory government. The right to access information is an effective lever for inclusive growth. It increases citizens’ trust in their public institutions, as well as their participation in the elaboration of public policies. It also helps to offer public services that meet a society’s needs. Ultimately, the right to access information helps improve public governance, fight corruption, and involve civil society in the development of innovative approaches.

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