Public Communications Policy

Sharing information for better development

Advancing a practice of presumption in favor of disclosure, ADB's Public Communications Policy (PCP) promotes improved access to information about ADB operations for better development effectiveness. The policy promotes greater transparency and accountability by enabling ADB's stakeholders—especially people affected by development activities—to better participate in the decisions that affect them.

Disclosure requirements

The PCP establishes the disclosure requirements for documents and information ADB produces or requires to be produced. It mandates project-related documents normally produced during the project cycle to be posted on the web. Specific disclosure requirements are detailed in the Operations Manual (L3) on Public Communications.

Exceptions

ADB's PCP strikes a balance between access to information and any potential harm disclosure may cause. It clarifies and streamlines the exceptions to disclosure and identifies the potential harm if information is disclosed.

Making the policy work

All ADB departments and offices are responsible for implementing the policy.

Staff from operations departments play a key role in assisting project sponsors and clients in communicating with project-affected stakeholders, and in ensuring disclosure requirements are met. They help promote awareness among people from the public, private, and civil society sectors regarding the policy and the public's right to access ADB information The ADB NGO and Civil Society Center supports relationships with civil society.

ADB's knowledge departments and Department of External Relations work together to disseminate knowledge products. The Department of External Relations implements and ensures consistent application of the policy, and works closely with ADB Management, departments and offices, including field offices in carrying out proactive public communications and engaging external stakeholders.

Monitoring policy effectiveness

Management plays a key role in leading and monitoring ADB's public communications efforts to maximize their impact. The Public Disclosure Advisory Committee (PDAC) serves as Management's oversight body to interpret, monitor, and review the disclosure requirements of the policy.

The PDAC reports directly to the President and comprises

  • the Managing Director General (serving as chair)
  • the Principal Director, Department of External Relations
  • the Secretary
  • the General Counsel