Shamsul Bari and Ruhi Naz | The Daily Star
  • Shamsul Bari and Ruhi Naz

    The writers are Chairman, Research Initiatives, Bangladesh (RIB) and Project Coordinator, Project Coordinator (RTI section), RIB respectively. Case studies prepared by RTI team, (RIB).

  • RTI in Bangladesh: Narrowing the perception gap between citizens and public authorities

    The Bangladesh Right to Information (RTI) Act 2009 is a unique piece of legislation. Most laws are largely founded on the concept of government responsibility to regulate citizen behaviour, but the RTI law establishes government accountability to its citizens.
  • Right to Information: What can we learn from Sri Lanka's experience?

    Sri Lanka was the last country in South Asia to adopt the Right to Information Act (RTI) in 2017. For many of us who were involved in discussions with our Sri Lankan counterparts before adoption of the law, it is gratifying to note the progress it has made in these two years. There is much that we can learn from their experience and use in Bangladesh.
  • Making public exams transparent

    Competitive examinations are a long-standing and important fact of life for our youth entering public service. But few know that the Right to Information (RTI) Act of 2009 can play an effective role to ensure that these exams are transparent and fair.
  • Learning from the US's experience

    There are obvious and big differences between the socio-economic and political conditions of Bangladesh and the US and the extent of their Right to Information (RTI) experiences.
  • RTI Act 2009: A powerful tool against poverty

    Yet the RTI Act is hardly known for being put to use in significant numbers. It has so far worked mainly with the marginalised and disadvantaged communities because of the help of NGOs and activists. The educated and the middle classes are yet to be fired by the powerful reach of the law.