Assessment of the Implementation of the Public Communications Policy in 2008

Institutional Document | March 2009

As a public institution, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is accountable to its shareholders and other stakeholders. This commitment toward greater openness and transparency in its operations is the foundation of the Public Communications Policy (PCP), which ADB adopted in April 2005. The PCP promotes effective external relations and improved access to information to raise the public's understanding of the development challenges facing Asia and the Pacific, and of ADB operations in meeting these challenges. ADB recognizes that transparency not only enhances development effectiveness but also increases public trust in the institution.

ADB is committed to monitor the implementation of the PCP and to publish the results in an annual report. After more than 3 years since the PCP took effect, ADB has achieved good progress in complying with the provisions of the policy. This paper is the third PCP annual report, covering 1 January to 31 December 2008. It shows the successes and challenges in the day-to-day implementation of the policy and offers suggestions on how ADB can address the remaining issues.


  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Stakeholders' Trust in and Ability to Engage with ADB
  • Proactive External Relations of ADB
  • Improved Access to Information on ADB Operations
  • Issues and Actions
  • Appendix