Access to Information Policy: Working Paper

Institutional Document | July 2018

The proposed policy focuses on the guiding principles and the exceptions to disclosure.

In view of the refinements to the Public Communications Policy 2011, the policy is proposed to be renamed the Access to Information Policy (AIP) to better capture the concepts, principles, and improvements described in this working paper. The objective of the AIP is to promote stakeholder trust in ADB and to increase the development impact of ADB activities. The policy reflects ADB’s commitment to transparency, accountability, and participation by stakeholders in ADB-supported development activities in Asia and the Pacific. It also recognizes the right of people to seek, receive, and impart information about ADB’s operations.

While policy principles will remain fixed, the implementation arrangements will be in a different document and can be updated as needed with ADB Management approval. This shift should ensure implementation clarity, flexibility, and disclosure predictability.


  • Background
  • Introduction
  • Policy Principles and Exceptions
  • Information Requests and Appeals
  • Policy Monitoring and Amendments
  • Policy Effective Date
  • Request for Board Guidance

Additional Details

  • ADB administration and governance

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