FOI

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

FOSTERING FREEDOM OF INFORMATION FOR INCLUSIVE GOVERNANCE

“USAID’s Fostering Freedom of Information for Inclusive Governance” Project, implemented by CEPAD, made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

GOAL OF THE PROJECT

“USAID,s Fostering Freedom of Information for Inclusive Governance” Project aims at improving governance by engaging public opinion in demanding greater transparency and accountability in government through a meaningful right of access to information. Access to information is a multi-dimensional tool that is expected to reinforce the foundations for social stability, institutional development within the public sector and effectiveness in the provision of public services, as it enables citizens to engage constructively in political life, and government to become more accountable and transparent.

PREMISSES

This project believes that exercising the rights to freedom of information benefits all Timorese citizens, as it enhances the quality of public services and increases government accountability to the people. In this way, it will seek a jointly collaboration between the general public, civil society organizations and media to promote the adoption and observance of effective mechanisms to facilitate access to public records.

OBJECTIVES

  1. Wake up a collective “social conscience” within communities through public education on the constitutional right to access public information so that citizens can resist manipulations and are encouraged to be more involved in improving and shaping governance by holding their leaders accountable;
  2. Promote enhanced access to public records as a key mechanism for reducing opportunities for corruption, forging transparency in government, demanding government accountability and limiting discretionary power;
  3. Work with government bodies to implement joint education activities on freedom of information and corruption-prevention;
  4. Establish a collaboration framework of civil society organizations so that they can speak up as a unified voice in defense of democratic practices and principles and also advocate for more government transparency while becoming less vulnerable to external pressure.

LOCATION

65 Administrative Posts, 13 Municipalities of Timor-Leste.

DURATION

September 2015 – September 2017

STAKEHOLDERS

Key Government Agencies: Prime Minister’s Office (Social Audit Department); Anti-Corruption Commission (CAC); Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption Timor-Leste Chapter (GOPAC-TL), Ombudsman of Human Rights and Justice (PDHJ), Public Prosecutor’s Office, Ministry of Finance (MoF).

Key Civil Society Organizations: Judicial System Monitoring Programme (JSMP), Fundasaun Mahein, Fundasaun Haburas, Belun, Rede Feto, Luta Hamutuk, Lao Hamutuk.

Key Media Partners: Timor-Leste Media Development Center (TLMDC), Fundasaun Fundo Media (FFM).