IFTI Watch

  • 22 February 2013

    UNEP Council Agrees to Create Access Policy

    The Governing Council of the United Nations Environmental Programme Feb. 22 agreed to create an access to information policy and increase participation of stakeholders and civil society. The draft decision was adopted by the Governing Council in Nairobi after encouragement by an information group of nongovernmental organizations calling themselves the environmental democracy group. The group […]

  • 14 January 2013

    United Kingdom to Stress Transparency on G-8 Agenda

    By Toby McIntosh Transparency has been designated as a special theme of this year’s G-8 meeting by the host country, the United Kingdom, making civil society organizations hopeful of better transparency for the operations of the G-8 itself. The eight largest developed nations have made uneven progress toward more transparency in recent years, according to critical CSOs. […]

  • 4 January 2013

    World Bank Planning More Transparency for Trust Funds

    The World Bank is planning to allow more access to information about the operations of trust funds it administers, according to a new report evaluating the first 18 months of its revised Access to Information Policy. The Dec. 19 report, placed on the Bank website without an announcement, reviews the Bank’s performance, providing many statistics. […]

  • 4 January 2013

    Groups Urge World Bank to Expand Disclosure Policy

    More than 180 international development groups recently sent the World Bank a letter about its broad review of  “safeguard” policies, including some suggestions about transparency. The safeguard policies are intended to prevent harm to communities and their surrounding environment from Bank projects and programs. The bulk of the Dec. 20 joint statement is concerned with various […]


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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