Historic launch of Right to Information in the Solomon Islands project

Historic launch of Right to Information in the Solomon Islands project


In a landmark event, Solomon Islands has seen the official launch of the Right to Information (RTI) initiative. 

The project is a collaborative effort between the University of The South Pacific (USP) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) under the ‘Strengthening Anti-corruption, Transparency and Accountability in Pacific Island Countries,’ funded by the Government of the United Kingdom,

Access to information is a fundamental human right and a key driver for countries in the achievement of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and in particular SDG Goal 16 that promotes “just, peaceful and inclusive societies” and is gaining momentum in the Pacific Island Countries (PICs) through the collaborative efforts of USP and UNDP. 

During the launch, the project lead, Professor Bibya Sharma, explained that: “the RTI project focuses on innovative digital solutions, including a mobile application, a website, and an RTI digital literacy e-course and arriving to Solomon Islands in its III Phase after having piloted in Fiji, Vanuatu, Tonga and Samoa”. 

The launch aimed to present the results and outcomes of Phases I and II, showcasing the RTI tools developed and highlighting their potential impact on transparency, accountability, and open data.

Professor Bibya Sharma

Chief Guest, His Excellency the British High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, Mr. Thomas Edward Coward reminded that “robust RTI frameworks offer numerous benefits, including enhanced democratic governance, improved public sector efficiency, and reduced corruption. The United Kingdom is proud to support Solomon Islands embrace of RTI and we expect for it to empower citizens, attract investment, and encourage innovation”.

UNDP Programme Manager, Nanise Saune-Qaloewai highlighted how “the launch of the RTI project marks a crucial step towards a more transparent and accountable governance system in the Solomon Islands. 

The innovative RTI tools hold the potential to transform the information retrieval and dissemination process, fostering the culture of openness, transparency and participation that UNDP is promoting in Solomon Islands, the Pacific and the World”.

The RTI project aligns with the anti-corruption efforts of UNDP programming in Solomon Islands with financial support from the Government of the United Kingdom through the Pacific Anti-Corruption Project, and from the Governments of Japan and Solomon Islands through the Transparency and Accountability Project. 



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