Institutional Transparency: Availability Of Information

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Any definition of good governance necessarily puts the citizen in the cardinal position of the cycle as the engine behind governance and the owner of its outcomes and outputs. Because citizens are the taxpayers, the voters and receivers of final services, they are directly entitled to thorough scrutiny and engagement in the process of governance. Although the field of good governance is fairly broad, one crucial aspect of it that is indispensable to granting a central position to the citizen is the availability of information. Information is the foundation of good governance, not only because it increases efficiency but also because it empowers people and enables a more equitable redistribution of the benefits of overall growth in a country, and challenges the consistent capture of those benefits by the elites…



Policy Brief N.35, December 2015

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