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  • 25 June 2015

    Book Review: Sharma Writes History of Indian RTI Act

    By Gaia von Hatzfeldt The author obtained her PhD in social anthropology from the University of Edinburgh, where she did research on anti-corruption social movements in India. Sharma, Prashant (2015). Democracy and Transparency in the Indian State: The making of the Right to Information Act. Routledge: Abingdon (225 pages). Access to information around the world […]

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    • 24 June 2015

      FOI laws: fixing the chilling effect on frank advice

      By Stephen Easton The author is a journalist at The Mandarin based in Canberra. This article appeared June 18 in The Mandarin. Reprinted with permission. Those who want more limitations on transparency are regaining ground in the freedom of information tug-of-war. If the government thumbs its nose at disclosure and public servants are all too happy to follow […]

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      • 17 June 2015

        Ten years of RTI: what do we know?

        By Prashant Sharma The writer is a Fellow of the Open Society Foundations, New York and Visiting Research Fellow at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), Geneva. He is the author of Democracy and Transparency in the Indian State: The Making of the Right to Information Act. He can be reached at […]

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        • 21 May 2015

          RTI and the Indian Official Secrets Act

          By Venkatesh Nayak The author is Coordinator of the Access to Information Programme at the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative. This post first appeared May 15 in The Hoot. Last week, upon being requested by a section of the family of the leader of the Indian movement for independence, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, to make the […]

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          • What if we disclosed everything?

            By Marcus Siqueira    The author is an expert in public-private partnerships (PPPs) in Brazil, with a multidisciplinary background and more than 10 years of practical experience screening, preparing and managing PPP transactions. This post appeared in a World Bank blog. One day in 2012, when I was the head of a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Unit […]

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