The DAI Policy recognizes the right to an appeals process when a request for information has been denied by Bank staff. A requester whose request for information has been denied can file an appeal if he/she requester can: (i) show that the Bank has omitted to publish information mandated for disclosure in the policy or that his/her request for information has been unreasonably denied by Bank staff on the first place; or (ii) make a public interest case to override the Policy exceptions.
Requestors may appeal in writing AfDB’s denial decisions to the internal Information Disclosure Committee within 50 days. If the Committee confirms denial of requested information, requestors may file in writing another appeal with the Appeals Panel, comprising a majority of external members, within 50 days. If the Panel reverses the Bank Group’s denial decisions, the requestor’s remedy will be limited to receiving the information requested. Specific procedures on recourses against denied requests, including eligibility of appeals, can be found in the DAI Policy paragraph 4.5.