National Strategic Plan of Action on Right to Information in Nepal: 2013- 2018
Right to Information (RTI) has gained momentum since the recognition of RTI as a fundamental right in the Interim Constitution of Nepal. Its recognition was further enhanced by the establishment of RTI Act and National Information Commission (NIC). However, the use of RTI in Nepal is still weak. Therefore, in order to provide a clear strategy for the promotion, protection and implementation of RTI, Enabling State Program (ESP) provided financial support to NIC to develop the strategic plan on RTI. FDM provided technical support during the?drafting and finalizing process. Consultation workshops were organized in Kathmandu, Nepalgunj, Pokhara, Chitwan, and Biratnagar with around 350 participants from the public sector, political parties, civil society organizations, and media. Senior government officials notably from Commission of Investigation of Abuse of Authority, Public Accounts Committee, Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, Ministry of Communication along with Ex-Chief Commissioner of NIC were also consulted during the formulation process. Three priority areas were identified in order to cover the three major actors of RTI, namely NIC, public sector (supply side), and civil society (demand side).