“The RTI Act has become a solution to my day to day questions on the way the country runs. Just by acquiring awareness on how to use the RTI Act, I feel empowered as a citizen to proactively engage in governance issues.”
- Ankita Sharma, 22 years, Peer Educator
“I was there at the policy forum. I was really disappointed after the discussion was over with the fact that the person who was threatened for filing an RTI could not get justice. But now I read, his issue became public and the officials are arrested. Good job YP.”
– Arjun, Participant, Intergenerational RTI Policy Forum
The Right to Information Programme develops young people’s engagement with legislative processes, increasing their awareness on laws and policies in India and its application to our daily lives. ‘What Does Your Vote Want?’ is a non-political, non-partisan project both initiated and run by young people in 2008 that aims at sensitizing young voters, by giving them relevant and necessary information regarding the Indian Electoral System. Leading up to the 14th Lok Sabha Elections, the project successfully registered more than 4000 people in Delhi and Raipur, Chhattisgarh across 2008 – 2009.
As a part of the project, young people train as peer educators to conduct open forum workshops, panel discussions, ‘meet your leader’ accountability sessions and organize other methods of community advocacy, focusing on governance, where a key focus is the RTI Act and its application in India. In 2009-10, the project conducted six workshops across the NCR and hosted two intergenerational policy forums on the RTI Act between young people and key policy makers, reaching out to more than 800 young people.
In partnership with Sony, The YP Foundation released a music album, ‘Say Something’ featuring renowned international artists such as John Mayer, U2, Michael Jackson, Pentagram and others in 2009 that promotes the ‘What Does Your Vote Want?’ campaign across India.
In 2010 – 2011, The RTI Branch is training the entire team of 150 peer educators working across the organization’s programmes, so as to enable an institutional use and knowledge of the Act to advocate for issues of education, gender, sexuality, arts, health and rights that young people are working with at a governance level. The RTI Branch has also been part of the core committee that co-organized the National Youth Consultation in December 2010 to draft an approach paper for the 12th 5 Year Plan for the Planning Commission of India. The team worked with 64 NGOs from across the country, addressing 12 challenge areas including the decentralization of information and services and health services for young people.
Partners & Donors:
The project has partnered with UNDP, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) and worked with the Central Information Commission, National Campaign for People’s Right to Information, American Embassy, Channel V, Governance Now, Live Mint, Students for Promotion of International Law (SPIL) and Radio Mirchi.