freedom of information

Georgia’s Ministry of Economy scores lowest in openness survey

By | December 12th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Giorgi Kldiashvili (left), IDFI, and Keti Khutsishvili, OSGF. (DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Ministry of Economic Development is the most closed public institution in Georgia, in terms of providing public information. This is one of the findings in a new report published Friday by the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI). […]

Unchanged bonus system for public employees

By | January 14th, 2013|Categories: NGO news|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch — A group claims a bonus system for public employees has not changed after the parliamentary election, but that there is slightly more transparency. According to the Ministry of Finance, bonuses given to public employees amounted to over 750 000 GEL […]

eTransparency in the Government of Georgia

By | February 20th, 2012|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , |

From 2009 to 2011, the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) carried out the first and so far only survey of eTransparency in Georgia, monitoring some 100 web pages of different public authorities in Georgia, writes Constantine Janjghava, project […]

Electronic Record Management and Georgia

By | January 1st, 2012|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , |

Electronic communications occupy a very significant role in daily activities of state authorities. Accessibility of such kind of electronic data and archiving it must be regulated by law. At the same time access to e-information of state officials will be a very significant step forward to open government and transparency. Also, this will give opportunity to [...]

Georgian Labyrinth of Freedom of Information

By | December 20th, 2011|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , |

Two weeks ago I decided to express in writing my humble personal opinion on the practice of freedom of information in Georgia. I did not actually have to think a lot, and why should have I anyways? As this year only I’ve witnessed so many problems and strange things about freedom of information that I concluded [...]

Proactive Transparency in Georgia

By | November 18th, 2011|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , |

The “Institute for Development of Freedom of Information” has been conducting monitoring the level of informational transparency of the official web-pages of public institutions of Georgia for already a few years, starting from 2009. The results of the 2010 study, the evaluation parameters and the methodology are placed on the web-site of the institute: It [...]

Open Government Partnership Initiative and Georgia – New Challenges

By | November 1st, 2011|Categories: Opinion|Tags: |

On August 30, 2011, Georgia responded to the invitation of the President of the United States Barack Obama and the Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff and officially expressed its readiness to actively participate in the Open Government Partnership initiative as “a regional leader” and to address the challenges of open governance in the 21st century . [...]

Access to public information in Georgia

By | October 22nd, 2011|Categories: Opinion|Tags: |

“According to the survey, which was carried out in 80 counties of the world, Georgia is the first country after New Zealand in terms of the most effective and transparent functioning of the state office. Nothing to say about Russia, Venezuela and other countries, even France, Germany and Japan are behind us in the list of [...]

Saakashvili dodges freedom of information requirement

By | October 17th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |

The Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili has decided to make his people pay for accessing public documents. Like in most Western countries, Georgia has a law guaranteeing citizens free and unfettered access to public information. But now the leader has made it a little bit harder for people to find out about just what authorities are up [...]