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Country Rating Results
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The Rating Results
The performance of countries shows a significant spread with several countries scoring 126 or more points out of a possible total of 150, or around 85%, and several also scoring below 50 points, or 33%. However, most countries fall in between these extremes, with a roughly equal number of countries in each of the score ranges of 51-75, 76-100 and 101-125.
Despite these improvements, the results show significant room for improvement. About one-third of all countries score less than 75 points, or 50%, so could be said to earn only a failing grade. Average performance across most of the seven categories was roughly equal, although the average for Scope was significantly higher, and it was quite a lot lower for Sanctions & Protections.
The central idea behind the RTI Rating is to provide RTI advocates, reformers, legislators and others with a reliable tool for comparatively assessing the overall strength of a legal framework for RTI. The Rating indicates the strengths and weaknesses of the legal framework, and provides a handy means for pinpointing areas in need of improvement.
The Organisations Behind RTI
The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) is a non-profit organisation based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. CLD works to promote, protect and develop those human rights which serve as the foundation for or underpin democracy, including the right to information (RTI), but also the rights to freedom of expression, to participate and to freedom of association and assembly. More information about CLD and our mission is available on our website.