Partners

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Access Info Europe – Partners


Key Partners

Access Info works in close cooperation with its partner organisations in all areas of our work. Below is an outline of the organisations with whom we have active projects.

Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD), Canada

The Centre for Law and Democracy is a non-profit organisation based in Halifax, Canada. The thematic focus of the organisation is to promote respect for foundational rights for democracy, such as the rights to information, assembly, expression and association. It specialises in providing legal expertise on these rights globally.

Projects: The Six Question Campaign and the Right to Information Index

Corporate Europe Observatory

Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) is a research and campaign group working to expose and challenge the privileged access and influence enjoyed by corporations and their lobby groups in EU policy making. This corporate capture of EU decision-making leads to policies that exacerbate social injustice and accelerate environmental destruction across the world. Access Info has been collaborating with Corporate Europe Observatory to expose EU internal guidelines on disclosing information.

Project: European Union Transparency

IKME (Socio-political Studies Institute)

IKME was registered in 2002 in Cyprus as a Non Governmental Organisation aiming to contribute to the prevalence of freedom, democracy, socialism and the European values. IKME is Access Info’s partner for the Open Cyprus Coalition project from the southern, Greek community in Cyprus.

Project: Open Cyprus Coalition

Justice Initiative

The Open Society Justice Initiative uses law to protect and empower people around the world. Through litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance, the Justice Initiative promotes human rights and builds legal capacity for open societies. The Justice Initiative has been both a partner and a funder for the FOIAnet during the last two years.

Project: Freedom of Information Advocates’ Network

KAB (Cyprus EU Association)

KAB (www.kibrisab.org) are the lead implementing partner on Access Info’s EU funded Open Cyprus Coalition project. KAB was founded with the aim of sharing correct information, international developments, and reactions to these developments with Turkish Cypriots in the northern half of the island where they are based.

Project: Open Cyprus Coalition

International Budget Partnership, Washington

The International Budget Partnership (IBP) was formed within the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities to collaborate with civil society organizations in developing countries to analyze, monitor, and influence government budget processes, institutions, and outcomes.  The aim of the Partnership is to make budget systems more responsive to the needs of poor and low-income people in society and, accordingly, to make these systems more transparent and accountable to the public. The IBP is a key partner for Access Info for the Six Question Campaign and an ongoing partner for Access Info’s participation in the Open Budget Index.

Projects: Open Budget Index and the Six Question Campaign

n-ost (Network for Reporting on Eastern Europe)

The Network for Reporting on Eastern Europe, n-ost, links journalists and media initiatives from about twenty European countries. The n-ost network members share a European vision that encompasses both eastern and Western Europe. N-ost has both an active journalistic line of work in which it specialises on Eastern Europe, and an advocacy line in which it campaigns against restrictions that limit journalistic endeavour. N-ost is one of Access Info’s key partners. Together Access Info and n-ost have developed, fundraised and launched the ‘Legal Leaks’ project that focuses on access to information for journalists.

Project: Legal Leaks: Access to Information for Journalists

Open Knowledge Foundation

The Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF) was founded in 2004 and is dedicated to promoting open knowledge in all its forms. 'Open knowledge' is any content, information or data that people are free to use, re-use and redistribute - without any legal, technological or social restriction. With the OKF and the OSI Information Program, Access Info are developing a research paper to map out and evaluate the current state of initiatives to promote access to government data in formats that can be freely used, reused, and distributed by anyone.

Project: Open Government Data

Open Society Information Program

The Information Program works to increase public access to knowledge, facilitate civil society communication, and protect civil liberties and the freedom to communicate in the digital environment. The Open Society Information Program is both a partner and a funder of Access Info’s Open Government Data project.

Project: Open Government Data

Statewatch

Statewatch is a British based NGO comprised of lawyers, academics, journalists, researchers and community activists. It was founded in 1991. Statewatch’s European network of contributors is drawn from 17 countries; it is also a founding member of the European Civil Liberties Network which brings together over 40 NGOs. Statewatch encourages the publication of investigative journalism and critical research in Europe in the fields of the state, justice and home affairs, civil liberties, accountability and openness. One of Statewatch's primary purposes is to provide a service for civil society to encourage informed discussion and debate through the provision of news, features and analyses backed up by full-text documentation so that people can access for themselves primary sources and come to their own conclusions.  Access Info and Statewatch together developed the Access for Rights project. For more information see the ‘brochure’ about Statewatch (http://www.statewatch.org/brochure.pdf).

Project: Access for Rights

Sustentia

Sustentia is a consultancy whose mission is to help economic and social actors in their path towards sustainable and responsible development; to contribute to the impact that civil society have in their work for corporate justice; and to work in activities that directly benefit society. Sustentia’s Director and two of their consultants sit on Access Info’s board. They also provide regular support and regularly collaborate with Access Info’s work in Spain.

Project: Access Info Core Organisational Activities, Spain

Transparency International (Berlin based Secretariat)

Transparency International, the global civil society organisation 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. Access Info is currently working to support the UNCAC coalition by developing an information request strategy to ask governments how they are implementing the UN Convention against Corruption.

Project: UNCAC Implementation Requests

TI (Transparency International) Bosnia

Transparency International Bosnia and Herzegovina is part of the International Transparency International Network. TI Bosnia and Herzegovina have a vision of their country with corruption levels comparable to the EU member states, and want Bosnia and Herzegovina to be a leader of reform in Southeast Europe, particularly when it comes to the eradication of poverty. This vision guides their work on anticorruption and transparency in Bosnia and Herzegovina. TI Bosnia is one of the implementing partners of Access Info’s EU funded ‘Turn on the Light’ project.

Project: Turn on the Light and Ratification Readiness

TI (Transparency International) Croatia

Transparency International Croatia (TIC), supported by TI Secretariat, is one of 80 world Chapters of TI working to realize the objectives of TI in the Republic of Croatia. The primary objective of Transparency International Croatia is to curb all corrupt practices. The programme of TIC is structured to have an impact on strategic governmental objectives such as the National fight against corruption and the reform of the public administration. TI Croatia is a partner on the Turn on the Light project in the Western Balkans.

Project: Turn on the Light and Ratification Readiness

Other Partners

Below is a list of other organisations that Access Info works with on a regular basis. They are partners with whom we generally do not have active projects but with whom we have regular contact. The organisations are listed by project area.

Access Info Core Activities: Justice Initiative, Freedominfo.org, Article 19

Aid Transparency: Aliando, AidInfo, Publish What You Fund

Civil Liberties: Nato Watch

Council of Europe: Justice Initiative, Article 19

EU Transparency: ClientEarth, Farmsubsidy, Greenpeace

Legal Leaks: AIP Bulgaria, BIRN, CIN, SEENPM, SEEMO, Tactical Tech

The Six Question Campaign: International Institute for Sustainable Development, World Resources Institute, Oxfam USA, Development Initiatives, Publish What You Fund, Averting Maternal Death and Disability Program at Columbia University, Family Care International, White Ribbon Alliance


Coalitions and Alliances that we are part of

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