One of the guiding principles of the World Bank Policy on Access to Information (the “Policy”) is recognizing the right to an appeals process when a request for information is denied. A requester whose request for information has been denied can file an appeal if the requester can:
(a) show that the World Bank has violated its Policy by improperly or unreasonably restricting access to information that it would normally disclose under the Policy; and/or
(b) make a public interest case to override certain exceptions of the Policy if the information being requested falls under the corporate administrative matters, deliberative information, or financial information (other than banking and billing) restrictions.
The Policy establishes two bodies to hear appeals, the Access to Information Committee (the “AI Committee”) and the Access to Information Appeals Board (the “AI Appeals Board”).
The AI Committee serves as the first stage of appeal for those appeals alleging a violation of the Policy. It also serves as the first and final stage of appeal for those appeals making a public interest case and its decisions in these cases are final.
The AI Appeals Board only hears appeals alleging a violation of the Policy. It serves as the second stage of appeal if requesters whose appeal has been denied by the AI Committee wishes to file a second appeal. The AI Appeals Board decisions on these appeals are final.
Decisions made by the Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank are not subject to appeal.
The sole remedy available to those who prevail in the appeals process is to receive the information requested .