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Access to Information in the Middle East and North Africa Region : An Overview of Recent Developments in Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia

ARCHIVISTS PUBLIC OFFICIALS DRAFT LAWS DEMOCRATIC PROCESS ANNUAL REPORT PUBLIC AGENCY FOCUS GROUP DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM KNOWLEDGE SHARING FREEDOM OF INFORMATION LAW ANNUAL REPORTS FREEDOM OF INFORMATION LEGISLATION ADVOCACY EFFORTS INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY PUBLIC SECTOR GOVERNMENT PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS POLITICAL RIGHTS INFORMATION PUBLIC SERVICES ADMINISTRATIONS RESEARCHER LEGISLATIVE INFORMATION CONTENT GOVERNMENT WEB SITES FREEDOM_OF_INFORMATION DISCLOSURE BINDING E-GOVERNMENT CLASSIFYING DETAILED INFORMATION INFORMATION DISCLOSURE KNOWLEDGE COMMUNICATIONS ARCHIVES PUBLIC POLICY DATA INFORMATION NEEDS PUBLIC INFORMATION TECHNOLOGICAL TOOLS POLITICAL NEWS TELECOMMUNICATIONS DOCUMENT CIVIL SOCIETY INFORMATION CENTER GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS ARTICLES CASES DOCUMENTS PUBLIC ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY WEBSITES SOCIAL SECURITY RESEARCH STANDARDS SERVICE DELIVERY ARTICLE E- GOVERNMENT CLASSIFICATION GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS LIBRARY LEGAL FRAMEWORK ONLINE SERVICES ARCHIVE ACCESS TO INFORMATION PUBLISHING USERS PUBLIC SERVANTS FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY NATIONAL SECURITY ELECTIONS NATIONAL ARCHIVE RECORDS MANAGEMENT PUBLIC OPINION POLITICAL ACTIVITY GOVERNMENT AGENCY TRANSPARENCY OPEN GOVERNMENT BROADCASTING ARRANGEMENTS INDEX RESEARCHERS NATIONAL LIBRARY ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION POLITICAL REFORM EFFECTIVE ENFORCEMENT FILING GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS INFORMATION SOURCES PRIVATE SECTOR E- GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES SECURITY POLICY GOVERNMENT BODIES CASE POLITICAL PARTIES ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION CENTERS CONCEPT HUMAN RIGHTS ICT PUBLIC AGENCIES GOVERNMENT AGENCIES FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACTIVISTS HUMAN RESOURCES INTERNAL GOVERNMENT PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ABUSE OF POWER PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION SITES WEBSITE COMMUNICATION PUBLIC ACCESS GOVERNMENT INFORMATION PRIVATE COMPANIES CONCEPTS NATIONAL ARCHIVES ENTRY RESPONSIVENESS OF GOVERNMENT
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World Bank, Washington, DC
Middle East and North Africa | Jordan | Lebanon | Morocco | Tunisia
2015-11-17T19:08:04Z | 2015-11-17T19:08:04Z | 2015

The right to access and request information is enshrined in article 19 of the universal declaration of human rights. Access to information (ATI) plays an essential role for promoting accountability and citizens ability to monitor the actions of the government, and it contributes to participatory development. The goal of this report is to provide an overview of the situation of access to information in the Middle East and North Africa (MNA) region, in particular the cases of Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia. This report looks at previous and current efforts for promoting ATI in the region in order to facilitate knowledge exchange among ATI practitioners across those countries and to help them identify areas for collaboration in the region. For each country, this report will first examine the legal and or institutional framework, including a range of factors such as constitutional provisions, restrictive legislation, relevant regional and international conventions, and key administrative bodies. Government initiatives affecting the right of ATI are then considered in detail for each country. This report examines the practice of ATI for each of these four countries, including the use and implementation of ATI legislation or other applicable transparency provisions. Finally, a summary of recent developments of the ATI coalitions and campaigns in these countries is provided.

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