Poor data transparency in Botswana -study

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Botswana has been ranked among the least open and transparent countries in a global index of government data released this week, with the absence of a right to information law fingered as a major impediment.

In the 2015 Open Data Barometer (ODB) rankings released this week, Botswana fell 23 places down the rankings from position 55 in 2013 to 78.

Open data refers to data that is proactively published, and made available without charge, in readable file formats and without restrictions on use. Eighty-six countries were ranked in the Open Data Barometer on how readily their governments make data available, including information on government budgets and spending, public sector contracts, company ownership, health services and education.

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