Operationalizing the Right to Information Act through e-governance in Bangladesh

challenges and opportunities

Harold Sougato Baroi, Shawkat Alam

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Abstract

Over the years, lack of transparency and accountability has become a common feature in the delivery of public services in Bangladesh. Bangladesh’s introduction of The Right to Information Act 2009 (‘RTI’) was intended to achieve greater access to government information and to promote better public transparency and accountability. However, this article suggests that there has been minimal improvement in the situation despite recent legislative changes. The implementation strategies, which follow a top-down approach, is inappropriate and ineffective in promoting the involvement of citizens, which is particularly important in RTI related practices. The article proposes that the present challenges in encouraging people to get involved in the RTI process can be addressed appropriately with an Integrated E-governance Model, and that the proposed approach could be an alternative to the present model for the implementation of the RTI Act in Bangladesh.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Public Administration
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Apr 2020

Keywords

  • Right to Information
  • e-governance
  • policy implementation

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