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|Location:||Sheraton Hotel, Tunis, Tunisia|
We, representatives of selected African Civil Society Organisations met on Monday, 1st March 2010 together with Senior Managers and staff of the African Development Bank, at the Sheraton Hotel in Tunis as part of efforts to define a structured process of engagement between the two parties. The meeting was under the chairmanship of Dr Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank Group and under the patronage of eminent members of the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa (CODA).
|Opening Statement by President Kaberuka|
In accordance with the commitment it made during May 2009 Annual Meetings in Dakar, to scale up its efforts for CSO engagement, the Bank is holding a Civil Society Consultation Forum on March 1, 2010.
The aim of the Forum on the theme “Raising the voice of African Civil Society”, is to step up consultations with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) which historically have played a role in the development strategies, impact and results of the African Development Bank.
The different consultations and partnership framework include CSO participation in the Bank’s Annual Meetings; the ongoing platform under the African Development Bank/Non-governmental Organizations committee; the CSO business opportunities in the implementation of Bank Group projects; the consultations process during the environmental and social impact safeguards exercises; and the continuous dialogue as well as information sharing processes through the Bank’s Field Offices.
These partnership framework arrangements with the Civil Society have since the 1990s helped the Bank in shaping and monitoring its operations in some key areas which have the highest impact for sustainable and inclusive development.
On March 1, 2010 invited representatives of the African CSOs and Networks will discuss the Bank’s strategic focus under the proposed Sixth General Capital Increase (GCI VI), agree on the terms of reference and a first quarter work plan for the AfDB/ NGO Committee, provide guidance on the Bank’s Information Disclosure Policy as well as on the Environmental and Social Impact Safeguards Policy.
The outcomes of this Forum will further inform and strengthen the Bank’s dialogue with the regional member countries (RMCs) for an enhanced consultative process. A report on the Forum, including a summary of the discussions, will not only be circulated to participants but also be posted on the Bank’s internet website for a wider and transparent dissemination.
With specific reference to the Sixth General Capital Increase of the Bank (GCI- VI) and the 12th Replenishment of the African Development Fund (ADF XII), the Bank has launched an extensive web-based consultation process meant to provide a broader platform to all stakeholders across the continent thus availing them of the necessary documents and the opportunity to comment on the Bank’s work with constructive suggestions for improvements where necessary.
The web based consultation process will continue until the end of August 2010, during which time the Bank on its part, will periodically consolidate the comments received and post them on the website for necessary action where necessary.
The Bank’s commitment to a transparent CSO consultation is a continuous process. The AfDB/ NGO committee will continue the consultation platform on key initiatives, identify country level strategic development priorities in the Bank’s country strategy papers (CSPs) and provide periodic progress reports if needed.
Highlights of the programme of the Forum which bring together over 30 African-based CSOs will include a welcome address by the AfDB President, Donald Kaberuka, a key note address by President Festus Mogae and Mr. Mo Ibrahim, Chairman of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation as well as presentations on the Bank’s vision for the General Capital Increase, the Bank’s Information Disclosure policy, the Bank’s Environmental Safeguards policies and guidelines and the review of the draft terms of reference of the AfDB/NGO Committee.
The African Development Bank is actively inviting comments and suggestions from CSOs and the broader stakeholders on its General Capital Increase exercise, the 12th Replenishment of the African Development Fund and other key areas of its work.
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