Friday, April 06, 2007

Transparency


Transparency
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Transparency: The full, accurate, and timely disclosure of information.

Transparency: Citizens too rarely understand how government decisions are made. This lack of transparency prevents the public from actively participating in government and from raising questions or protesting unfair or ill-advised decisions. A lack of transparency can conceal official graft or favoritism.

Government Transparency: A true democracy only works if there is active participation of its citizenry, which completely depends on the government's transparency and accountability. Thomas Jefferson said, "Information is the currency of democracy."

Transparency: Transparency, as used in the humanities, implies openness, communication, and accountability. It is a metaphorical extension of the meaning used in the physical sciences: a "transparent" object is one that can be seen through. ... transparency is introduced as a means of holding public officials accountable and fighting corruption. When government meetings are open to the press and the public, when budgets and financial statements may be reviewed by anyone, when laws, rules and decisions are open to discussion, they are seen as transparent and there is less opportunity for the authorities to abuse the system in their own interest.

Organizational Transparency: A commitment to organizational transparency is an attempt to create a high level of trust among stakeholders through insistence on open access to information, participation and decision-making. In both the public and private sectors, openness about intentions and the formulation and implementation of initiatives is increasingly recognized as a key element of good governance.

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