This site is a one-stop portal consolidating lessons learned, explaining campaign strategies and tactics, describing best practices, and linking the efforts of freedom of information advocates around the world. It contains crucial facts on freedom of information laws and how they were drafted and implemented, including how various provisions have worked in practice.
The National Security Archive is an independent non-governmental research institute and library located at The George Washington University, the Archive collects and publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The Archive also serves as a repository of government records on a wide range of topics pertaining to the national security, foreign, intelligence, and economic policies of the United States.
The Institute for Information Freedom Development
The Institute for Information Freedom Development (IIFD) is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization established in 2004 dedicated to investigating, identifying and solving problems of access to socially significant information in Russia. In particular, the Institute focuses on access to governmental information and information about the activities of state agencies through legal recourse and organizational means.
The Open Society Justice Initiative
The Open Society Justice Initiative, an operational program of the Open Society Institute (OSI), pursues law reform activities grounded in the protection of human rights, and contributes to the development of legal capacity for open societies worldwide. The Justice Initiative combines litigation, legal advocacy, technical assistance, and the dissemination of knowledge to secure advances in the following priority areas: national criminal justice, international justice, freedom of information and expression, and equality and citizenship. Its offices are in Abuja, Budapest, and New York.
Access Info Europe is a human rights organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the right of access to information in Europe and contributing to the development of this right globally. Formed by European and international experts in access to information, Access Info works to advance the highest standards of transparency in government and other public bodies, as well as to promote the right to information from private bodies where it is necessary for the protection of fundamental rights.
Article 19 is a London-based NGO that monitors, lobbies and litigates on behalf of freedom of expression. It also campaigns for the right to access information held by governments, public authorities and private bodies and companies.
Freedom of Information Advocates Network
The Freedom of Information Advocates Network (FOIAnet) is an international information-sharing network of organizations and individuals working to promote the right of access to information. Members of FOIAnet are civil society organizations with active programs to promote the right to know.
The Sunlight Foundation is a non-partisan non-profit dedicated to using the power of the Internet to catalyze greater government openness and transparency. Their work is committed to helping citizens, bloggers and journalists be their own best government watchdogs, by improving access to existing information and digitizing new information.
Georgian Young Lawyers Association
GYLA goal is to make public institutions accountable and the right to know accessible for everyone. In order to achieve these goals, since 2003, for establishing the standards of transparency, the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association has been implementing anticorruption monitoring, preparing researches, holding trainings and business meetings, conducted strategic jurisprudence, raising public awareness and etc.
Transparency International Georgia
Transparency International - the global civil society organization leading the fight against corruption, brings people together in a powerful worldwide coalition to end the devastating impact of corruption on men, women and children around the world. TI’s mission is to create change towards a world free of corruption. Transparency International Georgia Mission’s vision is to serve as the primary source of information for both the government and the broader public on corruption and reform in Georgia, to work with the Georgian Government and other organizations to limit the discretion of government officials, to build and strengthen institutions, and to facilitate reform in sectors where corruption exists.
Human Rights and Governance Grants Program
The Human Rights and Governance Grants Program (HRGGP) is the principal grantmaking body of the Open Society Institute focusing on human rights, accountability, and rule of law promotion in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Mongolia. Recognizing the crucial role civil society can play in providing a check on government abuse, the program strives to ensure a vibrant and dynamic NGO community in the region that is able to serve that function. Overseen by the OSI Sub-board for Law and Human Rights, the program supports national and international advocacy organizations at the local, national and regional level.
Open Society Institute
The Open Society Institute works to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. To achieve its mission, OSI seeks to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. On a local level, OSI implements a range of initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, OSI builds alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information. OSI places a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.
OSI initiatives cover a range of activities aimed at building free and open societies, including grantmaking to strengthen civil society; economic reform; education at all levels; human rights; legal reform and public administration; media and communications; public health; and arts and culture.
Open Society Georgia Foundation
The Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF) is a member of the Open Society Institute Network, which was founded by the New York-based Open Society Institute in 1994. The OSGF is committed to the development of democracy and civil society. The OSGF advocates for citizens' interests, and supports measures that enhance the protection of human rights and respect for diversity of opinion. Along with other donor institutions, the OSGF has greatly contributed to the development of civil society and the media in Georgia. The OSGF has implemented projects and backed initiatives and innovative approaches that support the protection of human rights and the rule of law. The Foundation has also a strong record of achievements in developing civic institutions and the media, promoting civic values, conducting fair elections, and improving access to education and health care; it has also provided major support for European and national integration programs and the development of social equality.
German Marshall Fund of the United States
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is a non-partisan American public policy and grantmaking institution dedicated to promoting better understanding and cooperation between North America and Europe on transatlantic and global issues. GMF does this by supporting individuals and institutions working in the transatlantic sphere, by convening leaders and members of the policy and business communities, by contributing research and analysis on transatlantic topics, and by providing exchange opportunities to foster renewed commitment to the transatlantic relationship. In addition, GMF supports a number of initiatives to strengthen democracies.
In order to promote regional cooperation and good governance in the wider Black Sea region, GMF started the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation. A public-private partnership modeled on the successful Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD), the Black Sea Trust (BST) works in collaboration with a range of donors to provide grants to indigenous organizations working to foster and strengthen regional cooperation, civil society, and democratic foundations. BST will be operated as a 10-year initiative, though GMF remains open to considering a longer-term effort.