Transparency: Information from 3 Perspectives


The Right to Information Regime The right to information is a human right as stated in Article 19 of the  Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948. [1] Countries have ratified it in accordance with the dynamics of their internal conditions. In doing so, some have

Social Accountability and Open Government


Accountability In the Perspective of Social Relations The term accountability is semantically related to accountancy, otherwiseknown as bookkeeping (Boven, 2008). [1] The concept of accountability can be traced to the reign of William the Conqueror, beginning with the Norman conquest of England in 1066. In 1085, Wiliam ordered all landowners in his territory to calculate

Open Government Transparency, Participation and Collaboration


The idea of an “open government” has been an important issue in the United States ever since President Obama took office in 2008. In US history, the term “open government” was first coined in 1953 by Harrod Cross. Representing the coalition of newspaper editors known as the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE), Cross utilised

Application of the FOI Act and Community Advocacy will Encourage Budget Absorption

At the end of every year, the low budget absorption by government, both at the central and local level, always features significantly in the news. At the beginning of November 2013, the Ministry of Home Affairs (Kemendagri) recorded local government budget absorption to be at only 68% on average throughout Indonesia. Whilst at the beginning

PATTIRO Requests the Government to Maintain Consistency in the Establishment of PPID and the Undertaking of Monitoring and Evaluating

The high degree of local government enthusiasm and expectation over the implementation of the Public Information Openness Act (UU KIP) will improve information transparency, including transparency of governmental budgetary management and planning. Indirectly, this information transparency can reduce the potential for corruption and budgetary fraud. As part of this enthusiasm, many local governments have requested