Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Forum

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The AfDB’s 2008-2012 Medium Term Strategy (MTS 2008-2012) mandated enhanced collaboration between the Bank and the civil society organizations (CSOs). The decision was based on the recognition that civil societies throughout the region have extensive experiences in their various relevant fields and can make valuable contributions to the Bank’s strategic objectives. Consistent with policy and guidelines for enhanced cooperation with CSOs, the Bank seeks to nurture and promote effective partnership with the CSOs.

The CSOs participation in the 2011 Annual Meetings builds on the momentum created at the Civil Society Forum organized by the Bank in March 2010. The forum discussed ways in which CSOs can provide concrete inputs into the Bank’s key policies and development programs.  

The overall goal of the 2011 Annual Meetings’ side-event is to afford CSOs substantive inputs to the Bank’s cooperation with CSOs and to strengthen the existing mechanisms for coordination of cooperation.