Access to Information

Democracies and market economies can function at full capacity only when they embrace the idea of free and unfettered access to information for citizens and leaders alike. Equality in access to information fosters equal access to opportunity and ensures that democracies are able to deliver. Transparency in governance and economic transactions, which sustains informed citizen choices, is a pillar of political economic freedom.

CIPE supports efforts to expand the scope and quality of information available to both the public and decision-makers. CIPE promotes increased transparency in government, expanded coverage and debate of policy issues, and greater understanding of democratic, market-oriented principles. Working with the private sector and civil society organizations, CIPE promotes exchanges of knowledge on policy reform, educates stakeholders on democratic values and entrepreneurial culture, and builds new channels for constructive dialogue.

Access to Information Programs at CIPE

  • Promote freedom of information and transparency in government.
  • Strengthen alternative sources of information including media, think tanks, and civil society.
  • Raise public awareness of policy issues.
  • Increase understanding of democratic and market principles.

Read more about CIPE's transparency and access to information programs.

Related Publications

Using Technology to Strengthen Civil Society in Cambodia

Article at a glance:

  • Cambodia remains one of the least developed countries in Asia, but internet connectivity is on the rise.
  • Digital tools, often inexpensive or free, can multiply the impact of advocacy and help associations run more efficiently.
  • CIPE and Panoply Digital worked with Cambodian partners to identify useful online tools for advocacy and capacity development.

Building a Better Business Environment for Nigerian Women Entrepreneurs through Technology-Enabled Advocacy Efforts

Article at a glance:

  • CIPE partnered with the largest coalition of women’s business and professional associations in Nigeria, the Association of Nigerian Women Business Network (ANWBN), to increase the organization’s capacity to integrate useful, low-cost information and communication technologies (ICTs) into its upcoming national advocacy efforts.
  • Taking into consideration Nigeria’s limiting technological environment, including low bandwidth and frequent power outages, CIPE delivered a training workshop focused on how to use mobile and online tools to improve data collection, research, and communications. The tools selected were based on ease of use and accessibility with free and low-cost solutions being preferable.
  • Easiness to navigate and low costs were key reasons for ANWBN members to adopt and integrate some of the tools that were taught from CIPE’s workshop.

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