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World Bank New Policy on Access to Information

Effective July 1, 2011, the Bank moves from an approach that spells out what information it can disclose to one under which the Bank can make public any information in its possession that is not on a clear list of exceptions. Much more information will be made available on key decisions made during project development and implementation, for example. These include decisions of project concept review meetings, project supervision missions, and mid-term project reviews.

The World Bank recognizes that transparency and accountability are of fundamental importance to the development process and to achieving its mission to alleviate poverty. Transparency is essential to building and maintaining public dialogue and increasing public awareness about the Bank’s development role and mission. It is also critical for enhancing good governance, accountability, and development effectiveness. Openness promotes engagement with stakeholders, which, in turn, improves the design and implementation of projects and policies, and strengthens development outcomes. It facilitates public oversight of Bank-supported operations during their preparation and implementation, which not only assists in exposing potential wrongdoing and corruption, but also enhances the possibility that problems will be identified and addressed early on.

As a development finance institution, the Bank strives to be transparent about its projects and programs (particularly with groups affected by its operations), to share its global knowledge and lessons of experience with the widest possible audience, and to enhance the quality of its operations by engaging with a broad range of stakeholders.

As an intergovernmental organization owned by countries, the Bank is accountable for public money, and has an obligation to be responsive to the questions and concerns of its shareholders

As a borrower, the Bank has established that meaningful disclosure of information helps attract purchasers to its securities.

As an employer, the Bank seeks to provide its employees with all the information they need to perform their duties

This Policy is based on five principles:

  • Maximizing access to information.
  • Setting out a clear list of exceptions.
  • Safeguarding the deliberative process.
  • Providing clear procedures for making information available.
  • Recognizing requesters’ right to an appeals process

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Cameroon Depository Libraries

  • Buea
    Buea University [ Depository Library ]
    Address :
    P.O. Box 63
    FAK Division, South West Province
    Tel : (237) 33 32 2134
    Fax : (237) 33 43 22 72
  • Dschang
    University of Dschang [ Regional Library ]
    Address :
    Central Library
    B.P. 255
    Tel : (237) 33 45 13 51
    Fax : (237) 33 45 14 36/ 33 45 12 02
    Telex : 7013 KN
  • N’Gaoundéré
    University of N’Gaoundéré [ Regional Library ]
    Address :
    P.O. Box 454
    Tel : (237) 77 64 48 72
    Fax : (237) 22 25 25 99
  • Yaoundé
    Catholic University of Central Africa [ Depository Library ]
    Address :
    Main Library
    B.P. 11628
    Tel : (237) 22 23 74 00/ 22 23 74 01
    Fax : (237) 22 23 74 02
    Telex : ADY 8681 KN

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