People’s Access to Public Information (PAPI) Project

Organization(s)

Advocacy and Policy Institute (API)

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Basic Project Information

API implemented a series of local and national awareness-raising and advocacy activities to build understanding, capacity, and demand for access to information (A2I) legislation in Cambodia.

Project Summary

Objectives

  • Build government officials’ understanding of the basic concepts underlying A2I and strengthen government disclosure practices
  • Improve citizen awareness, demand, and access to public information
  • Pass legislation on access to information

Summary

API implemented a series of commune- and national-level activities to stimulate public demand for access to information (A2I) legislation in Cambodia, and to build government capacity to deliver it. The team began by hiring an external consultant to conduct a needs assessment of commune councils, village-level official bodies, and community-based organizations (CBOs). The assessment focused on measuring current knowledge and attitudes about A2I, as well as experience and capacity regarding information management. API used the results of this assessment to produce two training curriculums on “Access to Information” and “Information Management,” which the team administered to community leaders and CBO representatives in six target communes. Local volunteers then went door-to-door in 40 villages in order to increase citizen awareness of their right to public information. At the national level, API coordinated an A2I working group (consisting of a variety of Cambodian NGO representatives), which produced and promoted a model law on A2I. In addition, they hosted a national workshop that brought together commune council members, CBO representatives, citizens, working group members, and parliamentarians. Workshop participants shared experiences related to A2I and discussed a legal framework for access to information in Cambodia.

Use of Information Communication Technology

Yes – Information on A2I broadcast on national television; live discussions on local radio

Scale

119 commune councilors and CBO representatives trained on access to information

116 commune councilors and CBO representatives trained on information management

3,822 villagers trained across 6 communes

Target Population

No specific target population
Results

Results Methodology

Baseline and endline surveys were completed by external consultants assessing the project’s relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, sustainability, and value. The evaluation included a post-hoc desk review of project documents, meetings with the API team and funders, visits to project locations, focus group discussions, and stakeholder interviews.

Indicators Used

Not available

Reported Results

  • 71 percent of local citizens (43,600 people) and 24 CBOs (83 percent) in target communities directly participated in project information dissemination activities and gained more knowledge on the rights of access to information and role of citizens in promoting commune election information, environmental issues and other various sectorial issues
  • 100 percent (six target communes) have integrated access to information into their annual work plans, especially information regarding public services where free flow of information and public access to disclosure of specific information is easily accessible
  • 64 percent (79 members) of parliament from the National Assembly and Senate attended project activities to discuss a legal framework for access to info
  • Enhanced capacity of local commune councils and community-based organizations to  promote access to information
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