Maldives enforced a right to information law in 2014 which has been commended for its strength. This report follows a study conducted to examine the effectiveness of access to information in the Maldives since the enforcement of the law, and explores particularly the right to prompt and easy access to information that should entail the effective provision of information. Nine years into the celebration of legislating access to information, this study brings out critical gaps in the law that can be reviewed and strengthened to ensure effectiveness of the right. The study moves further into how access to information can be made more effective by moving beyond the right to information law, such as the strengthening of information management and the introduction of policy frameworks that would pave the way for a more open and people friendly government.
Keywords: RTI, FOI, Information, Access, Timely, Right, Effectiveness