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GCF seeks to ensures the greatest degree of transparency in all its activities through the effective dissemination of information to stakeholders and the public at large. The Governing Instrument provides that GCF’s operations will be subject to an information disclosure policy – one of GCF's accountability mechanisms – that will be developed by the Board. Recognising the need to ensure public access and stakeholder participation, the Information Disclosure Policy (IDP) outlines the information that is made available to the public either as a routine matter or upon request in an effective and timely manner.

At its 12th meeting in March 2016, the Board adopted the Information Disclosure Policy (IDP) through which GCF reaffirms its commitment to transparency and accountability in all aspects of its operations.

The IDP is based on four principles:

  • Maximise access to information
  • Limited exceptions
  • Simple and broad access to information
  • Explanations of decisions denying access, and right to review
Read the Information Disclosure Policy

Timing and Mode of Disclosure

The IDP prescribes specific schedules and methods of disclosure for certain types of information. For an more detailed explaination of disclosure standards, please refer to the IDP.

Download this summary of timings and modes of disclosure

Type of Document
Time of Disclosure
Method of Disclosure
Exception
Environmental and social safeguards reports from Accredited Entities (AE) 120 days (Category A / I-1 projects) or 30 days (Category B / I-2 projects) before the GCF or AE Board meeting date, whichever is earlier. No advanced disclosure required for Category C / I-3 projects. Posted on the AE website / Locations convenient to affected peoples / Posted on GCF website together with funding proposal n/a
Board meeting documents 21 days before Board action Posted on website Confidential information under paragraph 11 of the IDP
Project and programme funding proposals 21 days before Board action Posted on website Confidential information under paragraph 11 of the IDP
Monitoring and Evaluation Reports Simultaneous with submission to the Board Posted on GCF and AE websites n/a
Accreditation recommendations Simultaneous with submission to Board Posted on website If entity requests confidentiality
Reports of Board meetings Upon adoption by the Board Posted on website Executive session
Board oral proceedings Oral proceedings livestreamed / On-demand videos available within 3 weeks Posted on website Executive session
Minutes and deliberative materials from Board executive sessions 10 years On request Permanent confidential information
GCF project, programme, financial, strategy, general operations (historical) information 20 years On request Permanent confidential information

List of Exceptions

The IDP requires GCF to presume the disclosure of information relating to GCF and its funding activities. However, in cases where the protection of such information is required for the effective functioning of GCF, certain types of information are not accessible because the potential harm caused by their disclosure outweighs the benefit to be derived from accessibility.

For an exhaustive explanation of the different exceptions, please refer to the IDP.

Paragraph
Summary Description
11 (a) (i) Personal information of any person
11 (a) (ii) Staff appointment and selection processes
11 (b) (i) Legal professional privilege, legal disputes or negotiations, investigations
11 (b) (ii) Possible violation of applicable law or contractual obligations, or undue litigation risks
11 (b) (iii) Proceedings of internal grievance and appeals mechanisms
11 (c) Communications involving members and alternate members of the Board and advisers
11 (d) Safety and security
11 (e) (i) Information provided in confidence
11 (e) (ii) Financial, business or proprietary and nonpublic information from external party
11 (e) (iii) Allegations of fraud, corruption, violation of GCF policies or misconduct provided in confidence
11 (f) (i) Deliberative information with Accredited Entities, countries, or other entities
11 (f) (ii) Deliberative information used internally
11 (f) (iii) Deliberative information used in internal decision making and assessment that include sensitive information
11 (g) Certain financial information that would be prejudicial
11 (h) Distribution limited to Board members and alternate members
11 (i) Information relating to Committees, Panels and Groups; Accountability Units with prejudicial information
11 (j) Prejudicial information in Trust Fund reports
11 (k) Accreditation applicant name and country prior to Board approval, if confidentiality is requested
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