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!
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.”
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...
Radio story on the media opening up access to information in China…
News from TAI Cameroon partner Bioresources Development and Conservation Programme Cameroon (BDCPC). See the attached pdf for details.
(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.
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.
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.