The Aid Transparency Toolkit: What You Always Wanted to Know About Aid and How to Get the Information
Author: Access Info
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How can members of the public and civil society in countries which have access to information laws use the right to information to assess aid effectiveness? This guide explains how to access information about donor activities, budgets, projects, evaluations and other information related to the delivery and implementation of development aid. Lack of information on aid facilitates inefficiency, ineffective use of resources and corruption.
National and international courts and national constitutions have confirmed that access to information is a human right. This fundamental right of access to information is the right to know what the government is doing – it is the right to know what the government knows. A government is transparent when the majority of the information that it holds about its activities and policies is available to the public.
Exceptions to access to information laws are designed to protect state interests, ensure effective government and protect private interests and human and other rights. There is discussion about whether the right of information access applies to intergovernmental organisations that operate outside national laws and international human rights treaties. However, many such organisations have adopted access to information policies.
Any person can request information, regardless of nationality, and governments are required to respond. First, members of the public need to find out which agency they need to ask for the relevant information. Filing an information request is relatively simple, and should be free. In most cases, both a written and oral request can be filed. Recommendations include the following:
Access Info, 2009, 'The Aid Transparency Toolkit: What You Always Wanted to Know About Aid and How to Get the Information', Access Info, Madrid