Thursday, 15 October 2009

FOI on the international stage

Here's an important 'Approach paper' from the World Bank, which suggests major changes to the organisation's information disclosure policies:
This paper proposes consideration of a paradigm shift in the Bank’s approach to disclosure, from a policy that spells out what documents the Bank discloses (a “positive list”) to one under which the Bank would disclose any information that is not on a list of exceptions—a policy that would be more consistent with the Bank’s expressed presumption in favor of disclosure.

It's exciting to see an international organisation taking the initiative in favour of transparency, even if it faces short-term risks in doing so.

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