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Disclosure policies

Several intergovernmental institutions have established their offices to carry out a range of programmes and activities to improve development and governance in South Asia. As these bodies have diplomatic immunity they have no obligation to provide information to citizens under any FOI/RTI law of any country. Nevertheless, several such international bodies have instituted policies for disclosing information about their functioning in order to promote accountability. In this section you will find the full text of the disclosure policies specific to intergovernmental institutions functioning in South Asia.


The World Bank is one of world’s largest multilateral organisation and a major provider of financial assistance for capital development in developing countries. This document sets out the Bank’s updated disclosure policy (2001), which builds on its original (1994) efforts to make information available to the public and enhance sustainability of development through transparency. The update followed a major review and the document discusses its findings along with a detailed list of information now available from the Bank and the limitations that may be encountered when requesting information....Read more
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The United Nations Development Programme is the UN’s global development network and one of the largest UN agencies. Its Disclosure Policy aims to ensure that information concerning UNDP programmes and operations is available to the public. This document sets out the policy, which builds on principles articulated in the UN Millennium Declaration, the Copenhagen Declaration on Social Development and the Plan of Action on the Information Society....Read more
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