Access to Information
ADB’s Access to Information Policy reflects ADB’s ongoing commitment to transparency, accountability, and participation by stakeholders.
The exceptions to ADB's presumption in favor of disclosure are set forth in the Access to Information Policy. Some of these exceptions identify the harm that disclosure of the relevant information could cause to the interests protected by the exception. Below are the general categories of exceptions with a brief rationale.
|Reason for Exception
|Deliberative and Decision-Making Process
|Where disclosure might inhibit candid exchange of ideas and communications within ADB and between ADB and/or its stakeholders
|Information Provided in Confidence
|Where disclosure could materially prejudice ADB’s relations with that party or any other ADB member
|Where disclosure could compromise the legitimate privacy interests of the person concerned
|Where disclosure could compromise legitimate financial or commercial interests or the ability of a member to manage its economy
|Security and Safety
|Where disclosure could endanger the life, health, safety, or security of any individual
|Legal or Investigative Matters
|Where information could materially prejudice an investigation or the administration of justice
|Internal Audit Reports and Trust Fund Audit Report
|Where public disclosure would violate applicable auditing standards
The unit provides advice and monitors the disclosure requirements of the policy.
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