Índice de Transparencia 2018

Dear colleagues, 

It is a pleasure to share with you the results of the 2018 Latin American Index of Legislative Transparency (Índice Latinoamericano de Transparencia Legislativa). 

The Index, produced by the Latin American Network for Legislative Transparency, assesses and ranks countries in the region according to the policies and mechanisms their legislatures have in place for enhancing transparency and the engagement of citizens. This is the fourth iteration of the Index, which is published every two years. 

When compared with the previous, 2016 results, this year’s findings (attached, in Spanish) show that the scores for transparency awarded to each country improved, on average, by 8%. Leading the field are Guatemala, Costa Rica and Colombia, in that order, with Argentina, Bolivia and then Venezuela the lowest ranked. Nevertheless, the Index uncovered numerous shortcomings and gaps in progress, pointing to the need for continued efforts to drive legislative openness reform in Latin America. 

We hope this is of interest to you, and look forward to working together in pursuit of more open, transparent legislatures. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.