Closed, Unapproachable and Opaque — How the New Development Bank Drafted its Access to Information Policy

Alexandre Andrade Sampaio

The New Development Bank (NDB) is a financial institution created by the BRICS association of countries — Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa — with a mission to direct resources towards infrastructure and sustainable development. The institution promises to expedite the mobilization of resources in favor ‘emerging economies’, but measured according to its own values and mission, namely transparency, the NDB is falling far short of its stated vision and ambitions. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the recently concluded revision to its Access to Information Policy.

Picture by PWESCR and BRICS Feminist Watch available at Gender Monitoring of the New Development Bank -Major Distric Roads, Madhya Pradesh, India
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Picture by PWESCR and BRICS Feminist Watch available at Gender Monitoring of the New Development Bank -Major Distric Roads, Madhya Pradesh, India
Picture by PWESCR and BRICS Feminist Watch available at Gender Monitoring of the New Development Bank -Major District Roads, Madhya Pradesh, India

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