Access to Information at Development Banks

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A presentation on access to information policies at development banks by WRI's Sustainable Finance Team.

Transparency is vital for good governance and effective, sustainable development. Access to information is a key element of development effectiveness. Information allows the public to understand the actions of their government and the financial institutions active in their country, and helps people hold these actors accountable for their actions. As a result of public pressure to embrace transparency, many development banks have developed policies to allow public access to information about their activities. These policies aim to clarify what information is available to the public, how the public can access that information, and what types of information are to be kept from public access.