Jul 13, 2008
A Public Hearing without the 'real' public: Notes from TAI Himalayas

The TAI assessments in Northern India were conceptualized as Research for Action and not just plain academic research. As planned, the action would take place once the research findings and assessments are completed. However, we are happy to share this story on how action seems to have started before the assessments are completed!

Jul 2, 2008
The Access Initiative at the CIVICUS World Assembly

From June 18 to 21, 2008, the 8th CIVICUS World Assembly gathered over 900 civil society delegates around the world, from almost 120 countries. The conference focused on three crucial issues: people, participation and power.

Through various workshops, plenaries, exchanges of experiences and interaction with civil society organizations in Glasgow and around in Scotland, participants were able to share experiences, learning and challenges, and develop strategies for a fairer world.”

Jun 5, 2008
World Resources Institute Launches Voice and Choice

After years of research and writing, the World Resources Institute has launched Voice and Choice: Opening the Door to Environmental Democracy, based on the work of The Access Initiative in 26 countries and a comprehensive literature review.

The full version of this book and an executive summary are available here: http://www.accessinitiative.org/resource/voice-and-choice-op...

Jun 3, 2008
Quake Aid Marks Turning Point for Chinese Society
May 26, 2008
Cameroon Celebrates World Biodiversity Day

News from TAI Cameroon partner Bioresources Development and Conservation Programme Cameroon (BDCPC). See the attached pdf for details.

May 22, 2008
Malta turns its attention to Aarhus

Better access to information, public participation and justice in environmental matters

May 20, 2008
The Human Right of Access to Public Information Strengthens in Paraguayan Courts

(text created by TAI partner IDEA)

On Friday, May 2, the Third Division of the Civil and Commercial Court of Appeals of Asunción overturned a First Instance decision and ruled in favor of a petition filed by the Ombudsman – with the legal assistance of IDEA’s lawyers- representing citizen Félix Picco Portillo, who had previously requested to access public information at the Municipality of Lambaré, without success.

Apr 17, 2008
61st Annual DPI/NGO conference (TAI) (IGP)
UNESCO Headquarter, Paris, France
September 3, 2008 - September 6, 2008
Mar 22, 2008
Lead in Our Water-A Washington, DC Mystery

As part of World Water Day, The Access Initiative (TAI) is releasing a case study of how in 2004, poor data dissemination put the citizens of the capital of the world’s richest country at risk from lead in their drinking water.

Mar 4, 2008
Greenwatch Uganda Champions Information Rights

Laws alone are not enough to ensure environmental protection. Civil society organizations often play a critical role in bringing those laws to life. In Uganda, Greenwatch has done exactly that for the country’s laws on access to environmental information, the first of which passed in 1998.

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