The RTI Rating

analyses the quality of the world’s access to information laws

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Global Right to Information Rating Map

[0 – 50]
[51 – 75]
[76 – 100]
[101 – 125]
[126 – 150]

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Country Rating Results

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The Rating Results

The global RTI Rating measures the strength of the legal framework for the right to access information held by public authorities (the right to information or RTI) based on 61 discrete indicators – each of which looks at a particular feature of a strong legal regime for RTI – divided into seven main categories – namely Right of Access, Scope, Requesting Procedure, Exceptions & Refusals, Appeals, Sanctions & Protections, and Promotional Measures.

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.

All regions of the world now have a significant number of countries with RTI laws, a major change since the Rating was first launched in 2011. Significantly, not one Western country ranks in the top 25 countries, although eight rank in the bottom 25. Furthermore, all but one of the top 25 countries first adopted an RTI law since 2000. Indeed, a statistical analysis shows that the quality of laws has been improving steadily, with the average score of laws adopted in each 5-year period being stronger than the previous 5-year period.

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.

About

The Right to Information Rating is a programme founded by Access Info Europe (AIE) and the Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD).

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

 Access Info Europe is a human rights organisation dedicated to promoting and protecting the right of access to information in Europe as a tool for defending civil liberties and human rights, for facilitating public participation in decision-making and for holding governments accountable.

 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.

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Latest News

Afghanistan Jumps to Top Position on RTI Rating

Afghanistan has replaced Mexico at the very top of the RTI Rating, with an impressive score of 139 points out of a possible 150, or 93%. Mexico is now in second place, with 136 points, followed by Serbia with 135 and Sri Lanka with 131. Countries...

Ghana: Analysis of Right to Information Bill

The Centre for Law and Democracy has released an Analysis of Ghana’s 2018 Right to Information Bill, which is now before parliament. The Analysis welcomes the fact that Ghana is finally moving forward to adopt this key piece of democratic...

Myanmar: Analysis of Draft Right to Information Law

A new Analysis by the Centre for Law and Democracy of Myanmar's latest proposed Right to Information Law reveals a relatively robust draft but with some shortcomings. The draft law was released in late December 2017 but has not yet been placed...