Role of the AI Committee

The AI Committee is an internal administrative body under World Bank management established to:

a)    broadly oversee the implementation of the World Bank Policy on Access to Information (the “Policy”);

b)    interpret the Policy in line with the Policy’s guiding principles;

c)    make decisions concerning whether to exercise the Bank’s prerogative to disclose certain information that is on the list of exceptions (i.e., restricted information) under the Policy; and

d)    consider and decide on appeals filed if a request for information has been denied by the World Bank.

The AI Committee serves as the first stage of appeal for those appeals alleging a violation of the AI Policy. It also serves as the first and final stage of appeal for those appeals making a public interest case, and for appeals against Bank decisions to exercise its prerogative to restrict. The AI Committee's decisions in these cases are final.

The AI Committee makes its best efforts to reach a decision within 45 working days of receiving an appeal.  The AI Committee took an average of (a) 41.1 working days to issue its decisions in FY2011; (b) 50.2 working days to conclude considerations on appeals in FY2012; (c) 51.6 working days to conclude its considerations on appeals in FY2013; and (d) 53 working days to conclude its considerations on appeal in FY2014  (see “World Bank Access to Information Annual Report: FY2011” ; “World Bank Access to Information Annual Report: FY2012” ; "World Bank Access to Information Annual Report: FY2013” ; and “World Bank Access to Information Annual Report: FY2014").