Comments on the EBRD draft Access to Information policy
Policy comments | 27 March 2019
Fulfilling the right of access to information is the beginning and foundation of true development that respects the rights of all people. Access to information goes hand-in-hand with meaningful consultation and stakeholder engagement to ensure that projects and policies actually better the lives of those they affect.
22 civil society groups urge the EBRD to adhere to and embrace international norms and best practice on access to information as a human right. By guaranteeing proper access to information and participation to individuals and communities, the EBRD could foster an environment where development can truly be pursued by those who live it. We welcome EBRD’s commitment to enhancing transparency, accountability and good governance, but urge it to consider its Access to Information Policy and Directive as the basis for early, ongoing and meaningful engagement with communities to improve the outcomes of its projects.