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Building the Legal Framework to Support Transparency and Access to Information in Latin America
Currently, 65% of Latin American countries have Freedom of Information Acts, some of which incorporate innovative elements that go beyond the minimum standard for transparency and access to information.
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Using Information for Accountability and Justice: Lessons from Latin American Civil Society
Using the right to access public information, Latin American civil society groups are achieving concrete policy changes, as these case studies from Mexico, Ecuador and Costa Rica show.
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Civil Society’s Regional Network for Advancing Freedom of Expression and Access to Information
By organising regionally, an innovative network of Latin American civil society organisations is successfully expanding the right to freedom of expression and access to information in the region.
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Citizen Assessment of Budget Transparency: The Latin American Budget Transparency Index
Latin American civil society organisations have created the first budget transparency index that measures not only if budget information has been published, but if that information is useful. What’s more,...
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SPOTLIGHT ON KNOWLEDGE
Spotlight on Publications: Participatory Budgeting
Latin American countries pioneered Participatory Budgeting, an innovative mechanism enabling citizens to decide how public funds will be spent. This selection highlights some of the latest and most relevant publications...
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SPOTLIGHT ON KNOWLEDGE
Spotlight on Publications: Budgets and Human Rights
In the last decade, CSOs and local governments in Latin America have developed budget analysis and design methodologies that incorporate a human rights approach to assess the degree to which...
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SPOTLIGHT ON KNOWLEDGE
Spotlight on Publications: Social Control Mechanisms in Supreme Audit Institutions
Increasingly, Latin American Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) are creating mechanisms to involve citizens in the oversight process. This selection highlights key publications about these social control mechanisms.
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SPOTLIGHT ON ORGANISATIONS
Spotlight on Organisations: Government Oversight and Supreme Audit Institutions
This Spotlight highlights key Latin American and international organisations working to support improved oversight of public spending, focusing on the resources they offer to development actors from other regions.
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Participatory Budgeting: Citizen Participation for Better Public Policies
Latin American countries pioneered participatory budgeting - an innovation to let citizens decide how public funds will be spent. First launched in Brazil in 1989, PB is now implemented in...
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The Latin American Approach to Improving Public Spending Oversight
To enhance oversight of public spending, Latin American countries strengthened their Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs), including by involving citizens in their monitoring efforts. As a result, SAIs have recovered large...
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