08 June 2016

Access to Information campaigners appeal against downgrading of World Bank's Freedom of Information Programme

The African Platform on Access to Information (APAI) Working Group and other civil society organisations (including SAHA) working on freedom of information around the globe have written to World Bank President Jim Yong Kim to express their concern about reports that the World Bank has significantly downgraded its capacity to pursue a global right to information agenda.

The APAI Working Group and its campaign partners have expressed fears that without access to information on donor and government funded programmes, accountability to citizens will be impossible, and corruption and the burden of loans on the poor will escalate. This will in turn undermine the World Bank's stated goals of ending poverty.

Please find here the letter addressed to President Kim.