Jordan was the first country in the Arab World to adopt a right to information law when it adopted Law No. 47 for the Year 2007 Guaranteeing the Right to Obtain Information (the right to information law or Law). This was an advantage inasmuch as Jordan started the process of opening up earlier than other Arab countries, but it was also a challenge inasmuch as there was no regional experience or models to follow.
This Manual is part of the broader effort to address implementation needs in Jordan, in particular through enhancing training capacity. It is primarily designed to be used as a resource for training courses for information officials. It should, for this purpose, be used in conjunction with the accompanying exercises and the presentation slide deck. However, it might also be used to inform a self-study course and as a reference tool.