Lack of Transparency and Freedom of Information in Pakistan: An analysis of Government’s Functioning and Realistic Policy Options for Reform



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My name is Mukhtar Ahmad Ali and I am currently working as Executive Director with Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives, Pakistan (CPDI-Pakistan). I am also a visiting faculty member of Iqra University, Islamabad. I have over 8 years of work experience in development sector. Areas of my special interest include promotion of peace and tolerance, police reforms, transparency and access to information, regulatory reforms, and legislative and democratic development. I have two M. Phil degrees, one in International Relations from the Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad; and the other in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK. (For details, please see My Resume).

Under the International Policy Fellowship (IPF), I am studying the state of transparency and access to information in Pakistan with focus on state practice and identification of realistic policy options for reform. It is titled as "Lack of Transparency and Access to Information in Pakistan: An Analysis of State Practice and Realistic Policy Options for Reform". (See the Research Proposal).

Objectives of the study include the following:

  1. To carry out research into the bureaucratic functioning, especially the existing mechanisms of secrecy as well as information disclosure, and identify the problems and issues that need to be addressed;
  2. To survey and analyze the nature and intensity of problems which citizens and citizens’ groups confront due to non-transparency and secretive system of governance; and
  3. To come up with realistic policy recommendations and share them with all the relevant stakeholders including the government, legislators, judges and civil society groups.

Fellowship also has an advocacy component, which is explained in the Initial Advocacy and Work Plan.





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