Openness Index : Measuring the openness index of Arab governments in the absence of laws that allowing citizens to access information

Jul 25, 2020




- Mr. Darko Burkan from "WHY Not" Organization "in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

- Mr. Danira Karovic from Bosnia and Herzegovina who represented Action SEE that is active in southeastern European region.

- Mr. Ahmed Sameeh, from Andalus Institute for Tolerance
and anti-Violence Studies in Estonia.

- Mr. Haitham Moanes, founder of "Akhbar Meter" Platform from Germany.

- Mr. Wissam Jafar from Point -Iraq Project.

- Mr. Imad Al-Qar'an Legal Advisor from Rasheed - Transparency International Organization.


They were interviewed by: Mr. Jamal Al-Salah, President of "Rasheed - Transparency International".


The Second Session was from: 4: 00 pm - 6:00 pm


At the beginning of the session, Darko Burkan from "WHY NOT" Organization, talked about democracy in the Balkans and the role of the Openness Index Program in laying bases for a clear democracy, as noted to the principle of government accountability, through the availability of a database of government institutions that is established through the network of participating organizations cooperation.


From his part, Danira Karovic, from Action SEE network, talked about the role of the Openness Index Program in promoting transparency and accounting governments in the Balkans, as the network works on combating corruption and strengthening the principle of integrity in these countries, referring to the network's role in affecting public policies.


Wissam Jafar, Point-Iraq Project, talked about the weakness of the political participation in the Arab world, especially for the countries that became democratic after 2003 including Iraq, as the rate of participation in the elections in the Kurdistan Region in 2005 was 90%, while in 2018 elections, it was less than 50% throughout Iraq.


He added that the confidence of citizens of governments has become weak because of the lack of information availability, which pushes citizens to protest for change and the boycott of the elections at the same time.


Haitham Moanes from "Akhbar Meter" talked about the use of technology during the spread of Covid-19, and mentioned that the institutions in Germany have begun to employ their employees via Internet, while the companies have tended to develop new applications and providing many free applications, including the inclusion of "Meeting" property by Google, thus the companies became able to meet their employees through this property.


He added that through applications, we can carry out talks and meetings without charges, as he revealed that during Covid-19 epidemic, the use of technology in government institutions and by citizens have become wider.