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Framework for Enhanced Engagement with Civil Society Organizations


The African Development Bank’s ( AfDB’s ) formal engagement with civil society began with the first AfDB/NGO consultative meeting, held in Abidjan in 1990 . Following th at meeting, the Bank developed a policy paper and a set of procedures, mechanisms , and guidelines to orient its coopera tion with non governmental organizations (NGOs). The Bank revised t he policy in 2000 to reflect it s enhanced commitment to this cooperatio n, focus ing on civil society more broad ly, rather than just NGOs . A joint committee was established in 2000 t o guide and facilitate the Bank ’s collaboration with civil society organizations ( CSOs ) .

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