Information and Governance: the role of public access

Venue: London

Location: London, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Oct 27, 2002 End Date/Time: Nov 01, 2002
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Public to access information held by government is essential for the protection of basic human rights, for the rule of law and for efficient public administration. Access to information is rapidly becoming a fundamental component of new government policy and strategies to combat corruption. However, in practice, what does this mean? What information do citizens want? Can they obtain it easily and, if so, how? Do new approaches for disseminating information through electronic government initiatives work? Is Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation the answer?

This seminar aims to:

 influence the policy debate on access to information
 identify ways of lowering barriers to participation in a democracy
 examine the role of civil society in campaigning for access.

Participants should gain a broader perspective through discussion, interactive sessions and study visits. The current situation in the United Kingdom will provide a case study for examining how the public accesses, or is prevented from accessing, government information. An initiative from the Philippines will offer insight into one way civil society can campaign for greater access.
This event is designed for those implementing or campaigning for public sector reform in areas where the public needs information held by government to contribute to the debate. These will include the health, education, legal, land, commercial and financial sectors. The event will be suitable for those working in either the governmental or non governmental sectors, also in education or the law. Working group sessions will allow participants to share experience and to focus on specific methods and audiences relevant to them.


Additional Information

The Event Directors are Kimberly Barata and Piers Cain from Missenden Consulting LLP. Missenden Consulting LLP is a UK-based records and knowledge management consultancy. They both have considerable experience of working with the public sector in sub-Saharan Africa and in Europe on a range of information and service delivery issues. Fee £1600, fully residential.