Publications | ELLA
24
Feb
2015
PUBLICACIÓN EXTERNA

Open Cities: The Case of Montevideo

The city of Montevideo was the first city in Latin America to set up an Open Data policy. This work analyses the emergence an evolution of Montevideo's open data policy as well as the early uses of data by civil society, private entrepreneurs and the state itself.

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26
Ene
2015
PUBLICACIÓN EXTERNA

City of Buenos Aires Open Government Data Initiative

This document aims to provide an overview of the Open Government Data initiative in the City of Buenos Aires. This research is part of a broader initiative on Open Government Data policies in local governments in 3 important cities in the Southern Cone of Latin America: Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Sao Paulo.

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22
Ene
2015
PUBLICACIÓN EXTERNA

Encouraging Parents' Engagement in Public Education Reform

Against the backdrop of striking teachers shutting down transportation and blocking airports, Mexican legislators are being hailed for approving a set of powerful laws on national education reform.

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12
Dic
2014
PUBLICACIÓN EXTERNA

Measuring Open Data’s Impact of Brazilian National and Sub-national Budget Transparency Websites and its Impacts on People’s Rights

This exploratory research from the Brazilian Institute for Socioeconomic Studies is designed to contribute to increasing knowledge about open data in Brazil. The research is divided into two stages, namely, a quantitative and a qualitative stage.

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27
Nov
2014
PUBLICACIÓN EXTERNA

Winds of Change: The Progress of Open Government Policymaking in Latin America and the Caribbean

This paper from the IDB includes a detailed analysis of the progress of open government strategies within Latin America and the Caribbean, based on an in-depth review of the action plans of 14 of the 15 current Open Government Partnership (OGP) members in the region.

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30
Oct
2014
PUBLICACIÓN EXTERNA

Emerging Impacts in Open Data in the Judiciary Branches in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay

This study from CIPPEC compares the availability, accessibility, sustainability, re-usability and relevance of a number of different kinds of judiciary data in three Latin American countries, including budget allocations, performance statistics, court rulings, selection and removal of magistrates, and hiring and personnel details.

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11
Ago
2014
PUBLICACIÓN EXTERNA

The "State-of-the-Art" of State-Owned Enterprises in Brazil

Forming part of a wider study on the Hidden Corners of Public Finance, this case study examines what information on state-owned enterprises in Brazil is publicly available, and what oversight mechanisms are in place, to assess the transparency and accountability of public spending in this area.

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1
Jul
2014
PUBLICACIÓN EXTERNA

Can States Continue to Govern the New Citizenry Using Old Paradigms?: The Political Challenges of Open Government in Latin America and the Caribbean

This discussion paper from the Inter-American Development Bank analyses the political challenges that the Open Government model poses, while also evaluating the incentives, obstacles and opportunities that the Open Government agenda in Latin America and the Caribbean will have to tackle if it is to be feasible and successful.

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19
Jun
2014
PUBLICACIÓN EXTERNA

Transparency of Tax Expenditure Reporting in Mexico

Forming part of a wider study on the Hidden Corners of Public Finance, this case study from the International Budget Partnership looks at the state of tax expenditures in Mexico.

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27
Mar
2014
PUNTOS CLAVES DE LAS ALIANZAS DE APRENDIZAJE

ELLA Learning Alliance on Citizen Oversight - Module 1: Strengthening the Legal Framework to Ensure Transparency and Access to Information

Module 1 of the Learning Alliance on Citizen Oversight discussed howFreedom of Information Acts, regional institutions and civil society initiatives have helped advance the right to information and set strong bases for civil society to work on improving social justice.

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27
Mar
2014
PUNTOS CLAVES DE LAS ALIANZAS DE APRENDIZAJE

ELLA Learning Alliance on Citizen Oversight - Module 2: Innovative Measures to Promote Citizen Oversight

Module 2 discussed examples of innovative measures for promoting citizen oversight in Latin America, and participants reflected on how elements of these practices could be replicated in their own countries.

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16
May
2013
PUBLICACIÓN EXTERNA

Mexico: A Moment of Opportunity - Increasing Transparency and Accountability in the Extractive Industries

Mexico’s oil and mining sectors are highly significant sources of economic development for the country with profound impact on the daily lives of the nation’s people. It is therefore crucial to have timely, comprehensive information that allows citizens to hold the government and companies accountable.

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21
Mar
2013
PUBLICACIÓN EXTERNA

Implementing Right to Information: A Case Study of Mexico

In June 2002, President Vicente Fox (2000-06) signed a landmark transparency bill into law. The adoption of the Access to Public Information and Transparency Law (Transparency Law) was a distinctive moment in Mexican politics.

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8
Feb
2013
PUBLICACIÓN EXTERNA

Brazil: No Easy Miracle - Increasing Transparency and Accountability in the Extractive Industries

The future of many resource-rich countries no longer rests mainly on foreign aid but on the extent and effective use of the country’s own resources and how they use them. For that to occur, a focused and concrete approach to improve governance and accountability is critical.

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2
Ene
2013
PUBLICACIÓN EXTERNA

Open Government and Targeted Transparency: Trends and Challenges for Latin America and the Caribbean

Led by IDB's Institutional Capacity of the State Division (IFD/ICS), this publication presents a conceptual framework and collects different experiences and lessons learned in the design and implementation of targeted transparency and open government policies in LAC.

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6
Nov
2012
COMENTARIOS DE EXPERTOS

ELLA Expert Review: Transparency and Access to Information

Here Toby Mendel, Executive Director of the Centre for Law and Democracy, offers his reaction to the ELLA knowledge materials on Transparency and Access to Information.

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18
Jul
2012
MULTIMEDIA

VIDEO: Using Strategic Litigation to Enforce the Right to Information in Latin America: a Case from Argentina

Through strategic litigation, in 2008 the Argentinean Association for Civil Rights (ADC) secured a transparency win, forcing a national-level public institution to comply with providing access to information.

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16
Jul
2012
PUBLICACIÓN EXTERNA

Parliamentary Power to the People: Analysing Online and Offline Strategies in Latin America

With their ability to shape a nation’s economic, social, and political future, national parliaments wield an incredible amount of power and influence over the citizens they represent. Yet in Latin America, public trust in the deliberative branch of government is alarmingly low.

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9
Jul
2012
MULTIMEDIA

VIDEO: Opportunities and Challenges in Access to Public Information: Experiences from Latin America

In implementing their Freedom of Information Acts, Latin American countries are facing challenges - but also promising opportunities – in guaranteeing transparency and access to information.

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27
Jun
2012
MULTIMEDIA

VIDEO: From the Law to Practice: The Creation of the Mexican Federal Institute for Access to Public Information and Data Protection

Mexico’s 2002 Freedom of Information Act was the first in the world to create an autonomous oversight body with the authority to enforce compliance with the law.

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20
Jun
2012
MULTIMEDIA

PODCAST: Getting a Freedom of Information Act Approved: The Story of Brazil

In 2011, Brazil joined the 65% of Latin American countries that have approved a Freedom of Information Act, making the first step in guaranteeing citizens’ right to information and in promoting government accountability.

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6
Jun
2012
MULTIMEDIA

VIDEO: The Process of Approving the Freedom of Information Act in El Salvador

Culminating a six-year advocacy process characterised by its extensive citizen and civil society participation, in 2011 El Salvador passed one of the strongest Freedom of Information Acts in the world. This is the story of how the law got passed.

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30
May
2012
PUBLICACIÓN EXTERNA

A Practical Guide to Social Audit as a Participatory Tool to Strengthen Democratic Governance, Transparency and Accountability

This Practical Guide analyzes social auditing experiences around the world and extracts important lessons that intend to provide practical guidance to United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and other United Nations agencies officers, advisers, and partners, as well as development practitioners, donors and governments. It examines the required elements for the design and implementation of social audits, explains the enabling environment that make these exercises successful, and offers practical insights based on practices and experiences.

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28
May
2012
COMPENDIO DE PUBLICACIONES

Spotlight on Publications: Public Procurement and Disclosure of Public Officials’ Personal Assets

The following selection of publications showcases how public officials and civil society organisations in Latin America have dealt with the challenges of opening public procurement procedures and public officials’ personal assets to citizen scrutiny. These publications could be useful for those in other regions who are looking to tackle corruption by improving transparency and access to information in these two key areas.

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16
May
2012
COMPENDIO DE ORGANIZACIONES

Spotlight on Organisations: Key Civil Society Groups Using the Right to Information

This Spotlight On highlights some of the key Latin American CSOs using the right to information to carry out independent assessments of policies and programmes in different sectors. CSOs from other regions could likely benefit from gaining access to the variety of creative ways these Latin American groups are using the right to information to push for accountability and reform.

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10
May
2012
PUBLICACIÓN EXTERNA

Effectiveness of International Anticorruption Conventions on Domestic Policy Changes in Latin America

This study evaluates the effectiveness of Transparency International Latin America and Caribbean Department (TI-LAC) Conventions Program’s strategy. This strategy tries to generate a dynamic stimulus for the effective implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption and the United Nations’ Convention against Corruption in the Americas.

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7
May
2012
COMPENDIO DE PUBLICACIONES

Spotlight on Publications: Design, Adoption and Implementation of Latin American Freedom of Information Acts

This selection highlights some of the key publications on Latin American FOIAs’ critical features, the challenges and opportunities of their implementation and use, and the process for adopting them. It divides the publications into two parts: Designing and Adopting FOIAs and FOIA Implementation and Use. These resources – offering access to the Latin American experience – could be useful for countries looking to develop, adopt or strengthen their own legal framework to guarantee transparency and access to information.

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2
May
2012
GUÍA

El Enfoque de Transparencia y Acceso a la Información en América Latina

La transparencia y el derecho de acceso a la información ya son una realidad en muchos países de América Latina. Pero, ¿cómo se logró?

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23
Abr
2012
Resumenes

La Transparencia y el Acceso a la Información como Herramientas para Enfrentar la Corrupción

Los países de América Latina han utilizado la transparencia como una herramienta para luchar contra la corrupción y han implementado plataformas electrónicas que previenen malos manejos en los procesos de adquisición y monitorean el patrimonio de los funcionarios públicos. Los resultados iniciales señalan el éxito de esta iniciativa.

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23
Feb
2012
Resumenes

Construcción de un Marco Legal para Promover la Transparencia y el Acceso a la Información en América Latina

En la actualidad, el 65% de los países de América Latina cuentan con la Ley de Acceso a la Información, que incorpora elementos innovadores que van más allá del estándar mínimo de transparencia y acceso a la información.

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10
Feb
2012
Resumenes

El Uso del Acceso a la Información para Promover la Justicia y Rendición de Cuentas: Lecciones de la Sociedad Civil de América Latina

Mediante el derecho de acceso a la información pública, los grupos de la sociedad civil están logrando cambios concretos en las políticas, como lo demuestran estos estudios de caso de México, Ecuador y Costa Rica.

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12
Ene
2012
Resumenes

Red Regional de la Sociedad Civil para Promover la Libertad de Expresión y el Acceso a la Información

Un grupo de organizaciones de la sociedad civil de América Latina, con un trabajo estructurado regionalmente, ha expandido con éxito el derecho a la libertad de expresión y el derecho al acceso a la información.

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