Will the EBRD Make a Better Offer on Public Information Disclosure and Engagement?

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Image Credit: CEE Bankwatch

In Practice: How the EBRD Discloses Project Information

In the spirit of contributing to a more robust and people-centered Access to Information Policy, we have analyzed the EBRD’s disclosure practices for 195 projects proposed between November 1, 2017 and November 30, 2018. Our analysis does not evaluate compliance with Bank policies. Rather, our research seeks to assess current Bank disclosure practices against criteria which if met, would establish the foundation for the meaningful fulfillment of communities’ right to access information. These specific criteria are derived from our experiences working directly with communities affected by development bank projects, and our work to make information accessible through the Early Warning System.

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Criteria used to evaluate EBRD’s disclosure practices, based on maximizing community access to information
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Explore the EBRD’s projects by country, sector, risk category, and disclosure period using this interactive map, available here.

“Despite the EBRD’s claim that its policy is based on default disclosure, the list of exceptions and language used in the draft policy suggests that in fact, disclosure is the exception.”

It’s Time for A Better Offer

The EBRD operates in a region where space is often already restricted for communities to voice their concerns about projects, or even request access to information. This makes the Bank’s information disclosure practices even more critical. The EBRD must do more to meaningfully fulfill communities’ right to safe, timely and accessible information, early in the project cycle.

International Accountability Project works to defend the rights, land and livelihoods of people threatened by destructive development projects.

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