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TAI Launch

  1. 1. The Access InitiativeThe Access Initiative
  2. 2. Global Environmental ProblemsGlobal Environmental Problems
  3. 3. Principle 10Principle 10 Environmental issues are best handled with the participation of all concerned citizens, at the relevant level. “ ”
  4. 4. Aarhus ConventionAarhus Convention ” European Convention, but open to all Legally binding 1998: UNECE adopted Aarhus
  5. 5. UNEP Guidelines on AccessUNEP Guidelines on Access Voluntary Guidelines Expected adoption 2010 Provides guidance to implement Principle 10
  6. 6. Access RightsAccess Rights Public Participation Access to Informatio n Right to a Clean Environment Access to Justice
  7. 7. What does “Access” look like?What does “Access” look like? ? ? Inclusive Transparent Accountable ?
  8. 8. Access to InformationAccess to Information  Gives people the tools to participate  Allows for informed decision-making  Promotes transparency
  9. 9. Public ParticipationPublic Participation  Provides a forum  Ensures voices are heard  Promotes dialogue around important issues  Provides a forum  Ensures voices are heard  Promotes dialogue around important issues
  10. 10. Access to JusticeAccess to Justice  Provides a forum for grievances  Ensures people are treated fairly  Creates accountability
  11. 11. The Access InitiativeThe Access Initiative 49 Countries 170 CSOs
  12. 12. Network OrganizationNetwork Organization Global Secretariat (WRI)  Decentralized network  Three levels of leadership: 1) Global Secretariat 2) Regional lead organizations 3) National coalition of CSOs Africa Europe Southeast Asia South Asia Latin America Global Secretariat (WRI)
  13. 13. Growth of TAIGrowth of TAI
  14. 14. TAI Model of InfluenceTAI Model of Influence Close gaps in access law, institutions and practices Governments and Int’l Institutions CSOs TAI assessments Advocacy tools
  15. 15. Flexible Research DesignFlexible Research Design
  16. 16. 16 5 Step Action Plan5 Step Action Plan Begin Informed Advocacy 5. Educate public, conduct judges trainings, engage multiple stakeholders Publish Results4. Work with media Conduct a TAI Assessment 3. Assess the extent to which laws and institutions uphold access principles Form an Advisory Panel 2. Scholars, government officials, members of CSOs and media Create a National Coalition 1. Diverse civil society membership
  17. 17. TAI Assessment:Four Pillars Acce Justic Acce Info Public Par Capa Buildi
  18. 18. TAI Assessment StructureTAI Assessment Structure Constitutional Law Case Studies Access to Information: 27 indicators Public Participation: 31 indicators Access to Justice: 33 indicators 6 constitutional law indicators applied once per assessment + General Law 16 general law indicators applied once per assessment + Capacity Building: 12 capacity building indicators applied once per assessment
  19. 19. What are the case studies?What are the case studies? They study access rights “on the ground”
  20. 20. Access to Information Case Studies
  21. 21. Public Participation Case Studies
  22. 22. Access to Justice Case Studies
  23. 23. Poverty Case StudiesPoverty Case Studies Captures the concerns of the poor Minimum of 6 case studies  Access to information (2)  Public Participation (2)  Access to Justice (2) Poverty-sensitized indicators
  24. 24. Number of Case StudiesNumber of Case Studies Required Case Types Case Types at Researchers’ Discretion Total Minimum Cases Access to Information 4 4 8 Public Participation 3 3 6 Access to Justice 3 1 4 TOTALS 10 8 18
  25. 25. Measuring Capacity BuildingMeasuring Capacity Building 1) The government’s ability to provide access 2) The public’s ability to access the system 3) The environment for media and CSOs
  26. 26. TAI OutcomesTAI Outcomes
  27. 27. TAI OutcomesTAI Outcomes
  28. 28. Future of TAIFuture of TAI Widen Network • Expand to new countries • Engage new partners • Continue country assessments Deepen Advocacy Diversify Activities • Continue to engage in countries that have completed assessments • Emphasize “on the ground change” • Advocate for reforms • In countries that have completed assessments, support other activities • Encourage action plans and better communication strategies • New water assessment • Poverty-sensitization

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