RIGHT TO INFORMATION

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Right to Information Law: for Women, Minorities, CSOs and Media

Citizens' access to public related information and services in a transparent, accountable, effective and efficient way is of paramo...

Qanoon Haq-e-Hasool-e-Malomaat: Baraye Khawateen, Aqliatain, Civil Society ki tanzeemain aur Media

This is Urdu version of "Right to Information Law: for Women, Minorities, CSOs and Media". Citizens' access to public related infor...

Right To Information In Punjab : Background Paper

Right To Information In Punjab : Background Paper For PIOs briefs that Citizens' access to public related information and services ...

Punjab mein haq-e-hasool-e-maloomat: Background Paper

This is Urdu Version of "Right to Information in Punjab : Background Paper (For Public Information Officers)".

Khabar Haasil Karna : Haq-e-Hasool-e-Maloomat Ka Tehqeeqati Sahafat Mein Istimaal

This is Urdu version of "Landing the Story : A guide to Using RTI in Investigative Journalism"

Landing the Story : A guide to Using RTI in Investigative Journalism

Pakistan was the first country in South Asia to pass legislation guaranteeing the Right to Information (RTI) in the South Asian Reg...

Maloomat Taein Phich Ji Haq (RTI) Ji Jaan [Sindhi]

This is Sindhi version of PILDAT monthly monitor on "Knowing Your Right to Information for January-February 2016"

Apnay Haq-e-Hasool-e-Maloomat Ko Peychanain [Urdu]

This is Urdu version of PILDAT monthly monitor on "Knowing Your Right to Information for January-February 2016"

Monitor on Knowing your Right to Information

This is monthly Monitor on Knowing Your Right to Information (RTI) in Pakistan which takes into account major developments related ...

Maloomat Taein Phich Ji Haq (RTI) Ji Jaan [Sindhi]

This is Sindhi version of PILDAT monthly monitor on "Knowing Your Right to Information for December 2015"

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Introduction

Pakistan was the first country in South Asia to pass legislation guaranteeing the Right to Information (RTI) in the South Asian Region through the Freedom of Information Ordinance 2002. Public awareness and use of this right in Pakistan, however, has not been as widespread as in the rest of South Asia.

PILDAT has continued to advocate for effective RTI laws as these have the potential to enhance the overall institutional efficiency of government and its functionaries and enable performance assessment of public officials and legislators by the public based on verifiable records of their official actions and decisions. As an indigenous think tank, PILDAT has also invoked Pakistan’s Freedom of Information Law to facilitate public sharing of attendance of MNAs. The advocacy has also led to institution of effective and progressive RT laws in the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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Key Areas

  1. Review of existing laws to identify weaknesses and issues in implementation
  2. Advocacy for effective RTI laws
  3. Regional and global comparative analyses and case studies on RTI
  4. Provincial RTI Score Cards
  5. Capacity building of Government Officials to effectively implement existing laws
  6. Awareness building of RTI laws to Government officials through Government Training Institutes
  7. International Conference on Right to Information
  8. Regional Comparative Studies and Analyses

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Approaches and Methodology of our Work

PILDAT is a dynamic organisation and continues to evaluate, calibrate and adapt its approaches and methodologies to reach the desired goals in our work. Following are some of the key approaches to our work:

  1. Objective, fact-based and non-partisan Research and Analysis focussed on reforms arrived at through working with our eminent groups and learning from regional and international good practices
  2. Offering effective capacity building
  3. Working with ALL stakeholders including Governments, Parliament & Provincial Legislatures, Political Parties, Judiciary, Media and Citizens
  4. Advocacy for reforms

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Key Strengths

PILDAT is widely recognised for the following key strengths:

  1. Convening Power: Owing to our track-record as a serious, non-partisan organisation focused on quality of its work, PILDAT has developed a unique convening power that brings together diverse political spheres and voices from across the country on important national and global issues to affect policy reform.
  2. Relationships across the Political Spectrum: Because of PILDAT’s work over a decade in a non-partisan capacity, PILDAT enjoys relationship of respect with all key political parties. Not only political parties receive PILDAT’s reform proposals with an open mind, they often seek PILDAT’s support and advice on various policy issues relating to policy as well as internal governance. This also means that regardless of a party in opposition or in power, they are receptive to our analyses and proposals.
  3. Relationship with Media: Over the years, PILDAT has worked with the media to develop it as an ally. PILDAT’s work is sought and often quoted in the media. We take media as an important ally to further the work on reforms.

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Our Services

Following key services are offered by PILDAT:

  1. Objective research and analyses for reports, studies and policy briefs
  2. Comparative perspectives to support analyses
  3. Advocacy for reforms across institutions, legislatures, governments and media
  4. Bringing together like-minded eminent experts and legislators to advocate for Reforms
  5. Public Opinion Polls and Comparative Studies to prepare Score Cards

Following major projects have been conceptualised and delivered successfully by PILDAT in the area:

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Our Partners

Following are some of the key development partners who have supported PILDAT’s initiatives in this field:

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