Public Communications Policy Review


ADB's Public Communications Policy (PCP) governed the sharing of ADB information and documents with external stakeholders from April 2012 to December 2018.

The PCP promoted improved access to information about ADB operations and established disclosure requirements for documents and information. It also required ADB to conduct a comprehensive policy review within 5 years of its implementation.

The review, carried out from 2016 to 2017, considered feedback from a broad range of internal and external stakeholders and aimed to

(i) ensure ADB’s disclosure and transparency practices remained up-to-date and consistent with practices of comparator institutions;

(ii) stay in line with ADB’s business process; and

(iii) improve policy implementation.

Following the review, ADB proposed the new policy—renamed the Access to Information Policy (AIP)—and the Board of Directors approved it in September 2018. The AIP, which went into effect on 1 January 2019, reflects ADB’s commitment to transparency, accountability, and participation by stakeholders. It includes the guiding principles, exceptions to disclosure, and general information about external requests and appeals.


Description Date
PCP review launch on ADB website

Nov 2016

Consultations, including face-to-face consultations in select member countries, internal review, and request for comments on the consultation draft Dec 2016 – July 2017
Preparation of revised policy draft Q3-Q4 2017
Posting of revised policy (2nd consultation draft) for public comments March 2018
Board consideration of revised draft policy (W-paper)  31 July 2018
Preparation of final policy Q3 2018
Board approval 28 September 2018
Effectivity date of new policy 1 January 2019