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Welcome to the International Records Management Trust

The International Records Management Trust is in its 24th year of supporting access to information for citizens and strengthening accountability by helping governments manage public sector records.


A UK registered charity governed by a board of trustees, the IRMT was created in 1989 and has worked with dozens of governments over the years to help strengthen records systems. Its ongoing programmes of development research and educational and consultancy services offer new solutions to records issues, particularly as governments make the transition to working in the electronic environment. Over the years, the IRMT has given particular attention to human resource, financial and court records. Please feel free to use any of our products without charge or let us know if we can help.

Open Government and Trustworthy Records

Open Government has the potential to break the cycle of poverty by promoting transparency, empowering citizens, reducing corruption and improving governance through new technologies. It offers two main ways of accessing government information: Open Data and the Right to Information. Together they should give citizens the greatest possible amount of reliable information. The Right to Information is of little use if reliable records are not created in the first place or cannot be found when needed. Open Data can be misleading or open to political manipulation if it cannot be traced to reliable sources (paper and digital). Trustworthy information is at the heart of transparency, accountability, anti-corruption, citizens’ rights and economic development. Trustworthy records are at the heart of trustworthy information. The IRMT, in partnership with the International Council on Archives, works with governments to manage this fundamental resource for openness.

The IRMT are proud to announce the publication of:

‘Integrity in Government through Records Management: Essays in Honour of Anne Thurston’

Edited by James Lowry, Deputy Director, International Records Management Trust, UK and IRMT’s valued associate Justus Wamukoya, Dean, School of Information Sciences Moi University, Kenya As a celebration of Anne Thurston’s pioneering work, this excellent volume brings together scholars and practicing archivists to discuss key issues around records as evidence for accountability, transparency and the protection of citizens’ rights. Never before have authors from the developing and developed worlds come together to explore the intersection of records management, public administration and international development. Case studies from across Africa enhance the theoretical and practical perspectives taken by the authors. This book will be essential reading for scholars and students interested in records management and good governance around the world.
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‘Anyone interested in understanding the strategic function of records management for democracy, transparency and open government in a changing world and retracing the last 25 years’ history of recordkeeping as well as the proactive role played by Anne Thurston, not just in the developing countries, should read this book. The contributions in this volume are collected from the best scholars and professionals in the field.’ Maria Guercio, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy