As a celebration of Anne Thurston’s pioneering work on records and archives management as an essential basis for demonstrating integrity in government, 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. The book covers Thurston’s work, the importance of records management for effective governance and digital records management and preservation in developing countries. Case studies from across Africa enhance the theoretical and practical perspectives taken by the authors. This book is essential reading for scholars and students interested in records management and good governance around the world.
’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 ’The past 30 years have witnessed a paradigm shift in our understanding of the critical role which records management plays in ensuring government accountability, upholding human rights and promoting good governance. Anne Thurston has been a central figure in the emergence of this new landscape, and this volume is a fitting tribute to her creativity, imagination and boundless, inspiring energy.’ Margaret Procter, University of Liverpool, UK