Access to Information Working Group Microgrant: Demonstrating ATI Linkages to OGP Progress Call for Applications

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    Objective: The right of access to information is a fundamental right and a critical element for participation, voice and accountability. Access to information can help governments to be more effective in service delivery and allows citizen’s to help set priorities and monitor government action. As part of the Open Government Partnership, countries have developed national actions plans which include a series of commitments related to areas such as improved service delivery, fiscal transparency, asset disclosure, e-government, infrastructure, improved public service etc. In some cases, the country national action plans do not include ATI commitments or the ATI obligations that have been made are not effectively connected to other commitments. Thus, the objective of the microgrant is to provide support for research or programming that can demonstrate and/or advance the linkages between the right of access to information and any other commitment(s) made as part of the OGP national action plan. The successful applicant(s) will identify one or more commitments in their countries national action plan and demonstrate – through research or programming – the value that a free flow of information can play in fulfilling the particular commitment(s). Eligibility: Qualified applicants for the OGP Access to Information Working Group microgrant will meet the following criteria: • Applicants are invited from any OGP member countries (note: do not need to be member of the ATI working group) • Individuals, non-government organizations, private sector, and media representatives are eligible to apply • Government bodies may only apply in partnership with non-government organizations and civil society organizations Applications: • Applications are due by May 31, 2015 • Research papers and projects will be considered for microgrant awards - Research paper ($1,500 award); project ($3,000 award) • Awards will be issued in two tranches: one-half upon acceptance and one-half upon successful completion • Applications will be reviewed by the selection committee. Additional information may be needed for final decisions; in these cases the applicant will be contacted. Duration: The microgrant is anticipated for the period June 15, 2015 – October 15, 2015 Please note: Accepted applicants will need to provide information with organization details needed for a microgrant agreement. For any questions or concerns, please contact Laura Neuman, Director, Global Access to Information, The Carter Center and anchor for OGP ATI Working Group at lneuman@emory.edu
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