ADB's Public Outreach Raises Concerns

The Asian Development Bank should seek input from communities affected by the donor’s programs as the donor reforms its public communication strategy, the watchdog group NGO Forum said, according to GMA News. The Asian-led group of civil society organizations and communities noted that ADB’s use of the Internet for public consultation “exposes the pro-business bias of ADB’s disclosure policy” and leaves out the poor and impoverished recipients of the bank’s projects.

“The ADB has yet to commit to an extensive consultation and thorough examination of the PCP provisions on access to information by affected people,” said Souparna Lahiri of the Indian-based National Forum of Forest People and Forest Workers.

ADB recently announced plans to consult the public as it overhauls its communication strategy.

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