Right to Information Bill passed by Vanuatu Parliament
November 25- The Vanuatu Parliament passed the country’s first right to information laws on 24 November 2016. The Right to Information Bill requires the Government to publish information on its function and activities for public access. Transparency International Vanuatu (TIV) has been working with the Government’s Right to Information Unit on community engagement on the Bill, through support provided by the Australian Government’s Pacific Leadership Program (PLP).
TIV has used its strong provincial networks to raise awareness of the Right to Information Bill. This included leading a campaign of community and school visits in six provinces, hosting public forums and carrying out public debates. Media products and video documentaries from the campaign were also shared through social media, websites and the media.
This is the first time that communities have been given the opportunity to develop an understanding of a pending Bill in Vanuatu through an information campaign. The process also succeeded in maintaining the momentum of the Government and Government agencies to progress the Bill.
PLP recognizes the pivotal role of leadership in development and funded Leadership Program funded TIV’s Right to Awareness campaign. Over the years. PLP has also supported TIV through funding support, technical advice, mentoring and adaptive leadership training.
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