Abel, I fully agree with you that the key to reducing poverty is strong institutions that enable poor people to hold policy makers and service providers accountable. I would however caution in thinking that simply having a right-to-information law is sufficient to achieve this. It certainly helps, but in India (which you cite as an example), the progress towards the MDGs is not impressive. In fact, over the last ten years, poverty in Africa has been falling faster than in India. Furthermore, India still suffers from some of the service-delivery failures we associate with Africa--teacher absenteeism (25 percent), doctor absenteeism (40 percent), etc.