A growing interest in reporting on ATI

Respondents and scores: There is a growing interest in reporting progress on ‘Access to Information’, and countries and territories with dedicated oversight institutions perform better
Growing interest on ATI
Last update: December 6, 2021
Key findings
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Out of 79
countries and territories with ATI oversight institutions

70% of them scored 7 and above.

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12
countries and territories without ATI

oversight institutions scored between 1 and 7.2.[1]

This finding suggested that countries that have a specialised ATI oversight body are likely to perform better than those without.

UNESCO also joined forces with networks of oversight institutions responsible for access to information, such as the International Conference of Information Commissioners, the International Ombudsman Institute and Red de Transparencia y Acceso a la Información (regional Latin American network of information commissioners) to increase participation of countries in the survey.   

The exercise also revealed that out of the 102 countries and territories and territories that responded to the survey, 82 of them are members of networks of oversight institutions responsible for access to information (e.g. International Conference of Information Commissioners, the International Ombudsman Institute and Red de Transparencia y Acceso a la Información). This demonstrates the important role of such networks in advocating for SDG monitoring and reporting, as well as mobilising their members in taking part in global-wide activities related to the SDGs. UNESCO noted that such coalition-building is key for addressing gaps in the SDG monitoring and reporting. These networks could serve as platforms, through which SDG monitoring and reporting processes could be improved over time.

 


[1] These data need to be taken with caution, as the two countries with the score of 5.2 and 7.2 first reported their ATI guarantees did not specify the need for ATI oversight institutions, but later reported some activities done by these oversight institutions, which demonstrated an inconsistency.