British newspaper The Telegraph published the World Justice Project’s Open Government Index data, according to which Georgia stands out as the regional leader in Eastern Europe/Central Asia. Whether one agrees or not with this placement, it is worthwhile to look at the research provided on WPJ’s website.
WHAT IS THE WJP OPEN GOVERNMENT INDEX?
The World Justice Project (WJP) Open Government Index™ 2015 is the first effort to measure government openness based on the general public’s experiences and perceptions worldwide. The Index presents aggregated scores and rankings as well as individual scores for each of the following dimensions of government openness: (a) publicized laws and government data, (b) right to information, (c) civic participation, and (d) complaint mechanisms.
The top three overall performers in the WJP Open Government Index 2015 are Sweden (1), New Zealand (2), and Norway (3); the bottoms three are Myanmar (100), Uzbekistan (101), and Zimbabwe (102). Regional leaders also included India (S. Asia), Georgia (E. Europe & Central Asia); South Africa (Sub-Saharan Africa); Chile (Latin America & Caribbean); and Tunisia (Middle East & North Africa).
HOW ARE COUNTRIES SCORED?
The scores and rankings of the WJP Open Government Index 2015 are constructed from 78 variables drawn from more than 100,000 household surveys and in-country expert questionnaires collected for the WJP Rule of Law Index. Scores range from 0 to 1 (1 = greatest openness). Read more about our methodology here.
WHAT INFORMATION IS FEATURED IN THE INDEX?
The WJP Open Government Index 2015 presents scores and rankings for 102 countries and jurisdictions. In addition to the global, regional, and income-peer scores and rankings, the WJP Open Government Index interactive data site displays selected survey responses by country, with gender and socio-economic breakouts.
Our accompanying WJP Open Government Index 2015 Report provides global insights on the relationship between open government and other aspects of governance and development. For example:
- Awareness: Worldwide, less than half (40%) of survey respondents know of any laws supporting their right to access government-held information.
- Socio-Economic Status: In 80% of countries low-income respondents are less aware than high-income households of their right to information. In 68% of countries low-income respondents are less likely to request information from the government.
- Open Government and Gender: In 76% of countries women are as likely as men to request information from a government agency. However, in half of all countries surveyed, women tend to be less aware than men of laws supporting their right to access government-held information. (Explore more global insights >)
ABOUT THE WORLD JUSTICE PROJECT
The WJP Open Government Index 2015 is produced by the World Justice Project, an independent, multidisciplinary organization working to advance the rule of law around the world. The rule of law is the foundation for communities of peace, opportunity, and equity—underpinning development, accountable government, and respect for fundamental rights. Our work engages citizens and leaders from across the globe and from multiple work disciplines to advance the rule of law. Learn more about the rule of law and our work at: worldjusticeproject.org.