AfDB Posts Draft Access Rules on Website

27 May 2011

Without fanfare, the African Development Bank May 25 posted on its website a proposal to redo its access to information rules.

The draft will be the subject of consultations with civil society on June 10 in Portugal at the AfDB annual meting, according to information from Bank officials. However, the AfDB has not yet described a promised process for soliciting written opinions. (See previous reports.)

The draft policy appears to move in the direction of greater disclosure, but not to the degree of the World Bank’s new policy or changes being considered by the Asian Development Bank.

For example, the AfDB would establish two appeals panels, as others have done, but appears to constrain the subjects for appeal, stating that “restricted” documents would not be subject to appeals. The policy also appears to contain tightly drawn exemptions.

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In this column, Washington, D.C.-based journalist Toby J. McIntosh reports on the latest developments in information disclosure in International Financial and Trade Institutions (IFTI).
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