Proactive disclosure of public information has been one of the most important commitment taken by Georgia within the frameworks of the Open Government Partnership. After extensive consultations, meetings and discussions, with the active support of United States International Development Agency (USAID) and Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), the Government of Georgia finally issues a decree regarding proactive disclosure in 2013.
On 26th December, 2013, with the support of the USAID G- 3 program, the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) organized a policy discussion initiated by the AntiCorruption Council of Georgia at the Hotel Sharaton Metekhi Palace. The Policy discussion was devoted to the evaluation report of the Open Government Partnership OGP 2012- 2013 Action Plan and the development of the OGP 2014- 2015 Action Plan of Georgia. The meeting was attended by the representatives of publ
Freedom of information is a very important part of open governance, and as such plays one of the key roles for the governments around the world that strive towards more openness, transparency and accountability within the frameworks of the Open Government Partnerships (OGP). Many organizations involved in the initiative, either at an international or local level, specialize in freedom of information. Recently, two internationally recognized organizations specialized in right to information, A
On December 19 director of Institute for Development of Freedom of Information, Giorgi Kldiashvili conducted a lecture about Stalinism and mass repressions for high school students. This event was attended by the members of Leadership House. The aim of this meeting was making the young generation familiar with the epoch and assessing the events that took place back then. Giorgi Kldiashvili talked about the totalitarian regime, absence of freedom, brutality of the regime, fear among th
While technology is a powerful tool for innovation, its use must not infringe on the right of requesters to know what government is doing and to hold it accountable for its decisions. Suzanne Legault, Information Commissioner of Canada Where did it all begin In August 2012, the Information Commissioner launched a systemic investigation into the use and preservation of non-email, text-based messages on government-issued wireless devices. T
On the International Anti-Corruption Day, December 11, Ministry of Justice conducted a simulated session of Anti-Corruption Coordination Council. Event was a joint endeavor of Analytical Department of Ministry of Justice, Training Center of Justice of Georgia, Transparency International Georgia and Institute for Development of Freedom of information. Total of 18 students from various universities participated in this session. Participants were selected through an open competition.
Whistleblowers in Civil Service: International Practice and Georgia (In Georgian) The goal of the study is to evaluate the regulation and court practice regarding the whistleblowers in civil service. The first part of the article discusses the legal regulation of whistleblowers on the basis of the comparison between the legal norms of Georgia and different countries. The second part of the article consists of the analysis of the practice of the European Court of Human Rights regarding
The goal of the study is to evaluate the regulation and court practice regarding the whistleblowers in civil service. The article presents the main direction and recommendations for improving the legislation and practice regarding whistleblowers in Georgia.
The study from IDFI contains those main recommendations that should be reflected in the policy document for the transition to digital terrestrial broadcasting of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia. We think that those risks that might threaten the media development and freedom will be reduced to a minimum if the abovementioned suggestions are taken into account.
On 20th November 2013 a workshop regarding the effectiveness of the professional education system was held with NGOs and other representatives of the civil sector in the State Audit Service. The aforementioned meeting was attended by the representative of IDFI, Goga Tushurashvili. During the meeting the Head of the Effectiveness Audit Department presented the problematic issues related to the professional education system. The participants expressed their opinions and offered suggestions