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Directorio Legislativo Foundation’s work started in 1999 as an independent project by two students of the University of Bologna (María Baron and Beatriz Guerra) who saw the need of accessing public information in the legislative branches.
Due to the lack of information about the Argentine Congress, they began a thorough work by creating a publication with information about each legislator, their work team, legislative activities, contacts, etc. In June 2000, the first “Directorio Legislativo del Congreso de la Nación” was launched and had very good acceptance from both legislators and citizens.
Thanks to the successive publications of “Directorios”, senators were forced to make their financial statements public.
In 2008, Directorio Legislativo obtained its legal status and became a nonprofit organization, which made possible the incorporation of new areas of work beyond Legislative Transparency, such as the Construction of Legislative Consensuses and Legislative Current Affairs.
Directorio Legislativo Foundation is a nonpartisan organization, which promotes the strengthening of legislative branches of government and the consolidation of the democratic system, through dialogue, transparency and access to public information.
Representative and transparent legislatives that exercise their controlling function over other branches of government and are capable of responding to the needs of the citizenry.
- Promote deeper institutionalization, transparency and access to public information in legislatures.
- Search, process, analyze and disseminate legislative information of public interest.
- Create dialogue encounters which stimulate agreements between different social actors and legislators.
- Improve civil society participation in the legislative process.
- Encourage control mechanisms between branches of government.
- Develop ICT tools that facilitate access to public information.
Foundation of Democratic Change
After uniting the synergies of the Foundation of Democratic Change in 2009, we decided to commit ourselves to promote the development of activities in common areas of interest and initiatives of both organizations.
2010 will formally mark the strategic alliance with the Foundation of Democratic Change. The principal objective of the union is to work together within civil society in the construction of consensus and its sustainability for a long period of time, and to strengthen democratic governability.
We are currently working with the Agro-Industrial Consensus and the workshop, “Dialogue and Conflict in the Construction of the Democracy in the bicentennials of Latin America.”
Fundación Directorio Legislativo is a member of the following networks:
Inter-American Democracy Network
A network dedicated to promoting citizen participation, and complementing and accompanying the democratization of Latin America. It was created in 1995, and over the years, has transformed into the largest network of civil society organizations in the hemisphere, with more than 350 members in 24 countries that promote the citizen participation in the region by means of cooperation and disclosure of information.
Red Puentes International
An international alliance integrated by civil society organizations engaged in the social responsibilities of employers and supported by the Agency of Cooperation of Development, NOVIB and public funds of Holland. Its purpose is to contribute to the development and strengthening of the RSE from the perspective of civil society. This alliance connects more than 40 organizations from eight countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Spain, Holland, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay. In Argentina, it is upheld by Geos, Poder Ciudadano, Interrupción, Fundación El Otro, FARN and in 2010, Directorio Legislativo.
Women’s Democracy Network
It was established in March of 2006 with the purpose of formalizing a network of women that have gained experiences in politics and civil society, linking them with women that are fighting to be part of the democratic development of their countries. It attempts to connect these women so that they can share their experiences and provide opportunities of training and learning through mentors that satisfy the specific needs of the women within the regions of the world. The network seeks to give women of the world the training to break the traditional barriers that discourage and prevent their political participation.
Global Development Network (GDN)
It is an international organization for the research and promotion of politics for the generation, distribution, and application of multidisciplinary knowledge with the purpose of development. It was founded on the basis that research of good politics, that are adequately applied, can accelerate the development and improvement of the lives of people.
Civil Society Network – CSO NET
It is a web portal dedicated to non-governmental organizations, and members of organizations of the United Nations, with the purpose of sharing and promoting the best practices in the field of social and economic development. Its mission is to establish collaboration and development.
Latin American and Caribbean Democracy Network
It is a non-profit, international organization that associates activists and organizations of the civil society of Latin American and the Caribbean that work for the strengthening of democracy, the defense of human rights and the promotion of sustainable development in its countries. The network emerged with the objective of providing the civil society and other actors, a space for dialogue and action, contributing to the strenghthening of the democratic life in the region.
Latin American Network of Monitoring and Evaluation
The network was started by the World Bank, the program Prodev of the Inter-American Bank of Development, and a growing group of countries in Latin America, in 2005. It works to set the stage for the analysis of the success and difficulty of the institutionalization of the Systems of M&E in the national and sub-national level. It also attempts to promote dialogue and shared experiences, and to strengthen its institutional capacity and stimulate collaboration.
Group of Executive Directors
It was created in an informal space for a group of more than fifteen executive directors of diverse civil society organizations with the objective of strengthening bonds of confidence, promoting strategic alliances between its members, and exchanging information and experiences of its members with respective organizations.
Journalism for the Access of Public Information
It is a network of regional journalists and volunteer organizations that work toward the promotion of access to public information and the strengthening of norms that regulate material, as an essential tool for democracy. The network looks to centralize the work of social communicators, with the support of non-governmental and journalist organizations, and to develop with the purpose of achieving liberty to information and expression in Latin America.
Evidence Based Policy in Development Network Latin America-EBPDN Latin America
The objective of this network is to develop and exchange knowledge, learning, experiences, and opportunities that develop the capacity of impact, for better participation and influence in public politics of the OSC’s in Latin America. The network currently functions through a virtual platform and includes more than 200 OSC’s of the region.
Freedom of Information Advocates Network Red (FOIAnet)
The Freedom of Information Advocates Network (FOIAnet) is an international information-sharing network of organizations and individuals working to promote the right of access to information. Members of FOIAnet are civil society organizations with active programmes to promote the right to know. FOIAnet also runs a discussion list for news and debate on the right of access to information; there are currently over 400 people on this list, including CSO representatives and lawyers, academics, information commissioners and others with a specialised interest in the right to information.
Coming Soon: Regional Network for Legislative Transparency in Latin America
The project consists of creating and developing a network of civil society organizations in the regional sphere that promotes transparency, access to information, and responsibility in the Parliaments of Latin America.