About The Access Intiative

The Access Initiative is the world’s largest network of civil society organizations dedicated to ensuring that local communities have the rights and abilities to gain access to information and to participate in decisions that affect their lives and their environment.

Members from around the world carry out evidence-based advocacy to encourage collaboration and innovation that advances transparency, accountability, and inclusiveness in decisionmaking at all levels.

On issues from freedom of information laws to participation in environmental impact assessment, from ensuring that isolated communities have the ability to affect policy decisions to opening courts to serve the public in cases of environmental harm, the organizations that belong to the Access Initiative work to tie local struggles to policy reform, helping build environmental democracy.