Access to Information: Appeals | Asian Development Bank

Access to Information: Appeals

Petitioning a denied request

First Stage of Appeal

If a requester believes that a request has been unreasonably denied, a request for review may be submitted in writing to:

Public Disclosure Advisory Committee (PDAC)
through the Public Information and Disclosure Unit
Department of External Relations
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue
Mandaluyong City
1550 Metro Manila, Philippines
or by email
or by fax to +63 2 636 2649.

Appeals to the PDAC must be submitted within 90 calendar days after the denial of the request. The PDAC will consider appeals on the grounds of (i) public interest, and (ii) alleged policy violations.  The appeal will be acknowledged within 5 working days and a decision will be given no later than 20 working days (previously 30 calendar days under the 2005 PCP) from receipt of the appeal.   

The PDAC will make publicly available on a rolling basis, a list of all requests received, the nature of each request, and the decision taken in each case. See the list of PDAC appeals.

Second Stage of Appeal

The Public Disclosure Advisory Committee (PDAC) upholds the initial decision to deny the request, a request for an independent review on grounds that ADB violated its own policy by restricting access to information may be submitted to the:

Independent Appeals Panel (IAP)
through the Office of the Secretary
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue
Mandaluyong City
1550 Metro Manila, Philippines
or by email
or fax to +63 2 636 2481.

The IAP will only consider appeals alleging ADB violated the policy by restricting access to information. Decisions made by the President and the Board on public interest appeals for disclosure of information cannot be appealed to the IAP, nor Board decisions to restrict certain information and documents normally disclosed by ADB.

Appeals to the IAP must be submitted within 90 calendar days after the PDAC’s decision. The appeal will be acknowledged within 5 working days and considered within 45 calendar days. Decisions of the IAP are final.

All appeals should contain:

  • description of the information originally requested
  • explanatory statement giving facts and grounds to support the claim that ADB violated the policy by restricting access to the information.

A list of appeals to the IAP will be posted on ADB’s website stating the nature of each appeal and the decision taken.