International investigators are the anti-corruption sleuths who work in many international institutions. Their job is to investigate corrupt practices within and around the projects funded by their institutions that are being implemented in different parts of the world. They have to be hard, tough and clever. Because of that they may frighten the people who know about what they do and might come under their gaze. But can they be successful as lone rangers? Do they need friendly, collaborative publics? It is easy to think that they don't; but it turns out that if they really want to be effective there are publics that they need to have with them one way or another.
"Transparency, is transparency, is transparency I thought.
It is transparent is it not?
Well except when it is proactive, that makes it not reactive."
My poetic dalliances aside, Helen Darbishire’s recent World Bank Institute commissioned and CommGAP financed working paper on standards, challenges and opportunities in transparency made me think. “Proactive Transparency: The Future of the Right to Information” looks at, among other things, the drivers of transparency, the best of transparency provisions on the national and international stage, and notable outcomes grown from the examination of transparency provisions. So, what exactly is proactive transparency and why is it important?
- United States
- United Kingdom
- South Asia
- Europe and Central Asia
- Information and Communication Technologies
- United Kingdom Informatino Commissioner
- Tim Berners-Lee
- the Council of Europe Convention on Access to Official Documents
- reactive transparancy
- Project Sunlight
- Proactive Transparency: The Future of the Right to Information
- proactive transparency
- presumption of secrecy
- President Barak Obama
- New York State
- Model Public Scheme
- helen Darbishire
- Freedom of Information Act
- FOI Advocates Network
- european union
- European Court of Human Rights
- Access Info Europe