Córdoba, Argentina's New Access & Transparency Project
The Foundation for the Development of Sustainable Policy (FUNDEPS) is currently developing the Project “Access and Transparency” (A&T) looking foward to promote the use of the Access of Public Information mechanisms by the citizens, and at the same time strengthen the State capacities to provide more and better information. The Law 8.803, in the Province of Cordoba, Argentina provides a comprehensive legal framework for the Access to Public Information, regarding actions of the State. However, despite the broad and multiple mechanisms available for the society, this law has seldom been put in practice and is barely known by citizens, civil society organizations and public officers. In this sense, the A&T project has as its main goal promote the Access to Information for the citizens and the civil society. At the same time, it seeks to strengthen the State capacities to deal with and diligently respond the Public Information requests presented by the citizens.
The project has as its objectives: a) present and sustain public information requests in key issues in different governmental offices b) develop awareness-raising campaigns and promote that citizens, media and other civil society organizations present and sustain public information requests, and c) train and empower public officers to properly handle the public requests for information according to the existent legal framework.
In this sense, more and better information regarding its public actions will be provided by the State, in response to the requests of more engaged and responsible citizens, genuinely interested in the issues they request information for. This will favor the control by the citizens, promoting transparency and accountability. The A&T project is already being implemented in alliance with the organization Ciudadanos 365 with the support of the Regional Transparency Fund, from the Inter American Development Bank