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The Access Initiative (TAI)
Lead Organization Name
  • Policy
  • Capacity Building
  • Oil
  • Gas
  • Mining
Lead by
  • Civil Society

The Access Initiative (TAI) is a network of civil society organizations – including the World Resources Institute in the United States, Corporation PARTICIPA in Chile, and CODELT in the Democratic Republic of Congo – working to give citizens the ability to influence decisions on natural resources by promoting access to information, participation and justice in environmental decision-making.

Value Chain Focus
  • Policy, Legal and Contractual Framework
    • Sustainable Development
      • - Transparency and accountability in sustainable development
    Have a mix of stakeholders such as public, private and civil society sectors contributed to the design of the initiative?
    Geographical Focus
    • Global
    • National
    In-country work
    Who is it for?
    host country national governments, host country local governments, communities
    How does the initiative try to reach its objective?

    TAI partners work to engage governments and assess their performance in providing public access to decisions, participation in decision-making and access to justice when rights are violated. Coalitions of civil society organizations conduct national-level assessments of government policies and practices, performing legal research and case study analysis according to an internationally recognized research method. Partners then perform advocacy work, often in collaboration with champions within their governments, to promote improved access rights in their country. Local development forums will find TAI and its partners a valuable resource for capacity building and access to information. They aim to build local civil society and government capacity, enabling participation in decision-making, in particular by running workshops to highlight information channels and alternatives where channels are lacking. TAI works on a country-by-country basis due to differing governmental and social environments, and priorities.