Right To Information

September 15, 2022
September 15, 2022

Right to Information in Bangladesh: Are we on the right track?

To obtain the full potentials of the law, we must go beyond such perfunctory rituals and focus more on strategies to go ahead.

July 14, 2022
July 14, 2022

The State of RTI in South Asia: The Pakistan Case

Over the last two decades, most of South Asia has adopted right to information (RTI) laws, also known as freedom of information (FOI) or access to information (A2I) laws.

July 6, 2022
July 6, 2022

A case for making jobseekers’ info open data

There is a huge need for data in every aspect of human life today – from personal life to business, social, scientific, economic, and public policy and decision-making processes.

March 15, 2019
March 15, 2019

Government starts to nurture the fledgling RTI regime

In recent weeks, two important government ministers—Law Minister Mr Anisul Huq, and Information Minister Mr Hasan Mahmud—have given vocal support to a fuller implementation of our national Right to Information (RTI) Act.

February 15, 2017
February 15, 2017

Right to Information and the story of a Bokul tree

This beautiful rhyme by poet Jotindra Mohan Bagchi famously captures the Bengali sentiment for bokul phul, a very small sweet-smelling white flower.

April 13, 2016
April 13, 2016

Right to Information - Is it catching on in Bangladesh?

NGO experience shows that many RTI applications from marginalised communities do not get recorded as those who obtain benefits by simply using the law do not care about receiving a formal response. Officials concerned also do not wish to record applications and may even avoid reporting them to concerned offices, as they often resort to irregular practices to dispose them off.

March 30, 2016
March 30, 2016

Digital Bangladesh - Right to information and climate finance

Unfortunately, so far, our performance on both transparency as well as accountability has not been very good. Fortunately, there is still time to improve this before the major climate change funds begin to flow.

February 15, 2016
February 15, 2016

Welcoming the new CIC

Unfortunately, citizens are yet to rise to the occasion and play a meaningful role to take the law forward. Demands for information are yet to pour into government offices in large numbers to test the system.

November 16, 2015
November 16, 2015

Changing Contours of RTI, Part II

It would be unfair to compare the Bangladesh situation with the Indian experience (refer to Part I of this column published yesterday).

October 15, 2015
October 15, 2015

Is RTI bringing any real change?

During the International Right to Information Week celebrations recently, a common question in people's mind was: Is the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI) going in the right direction?