Civil Society Organizations Endorse African Development Bank’s 2018 – 2022 Country Strategy Paper for Cote d’Ivoire
Civil Society Organizations in Côte d’Ivoire have affirmed their support for the African Development Bank’s draft Country Strategy Paper for Côte d’Ivoire, which establishes the Bank’s development priorities in the country for the next five years (2018-2022).
Prepared in close consultation with development partners and key stakeholders from Government, private sector and civil society, the document outlines and examines Côte d’Ivoire’s economic development agenda and its alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Principal parties involved in the high-level consultations included Marie-Laure Akin-Olugbade, the Bank’s Director-General for West Africa; Richard Doffonsou, Chief Country Economist for Côte d’Ivoire; Zéneb Touré, Manager of Civil Society and Social Innovation Division and Hélène Gnonsahe, National Coordinator of Côte d’Ivoire Civil Society Convention and member of African Development Bank-Civil Society Committee.
In her remarks, Gnonsahe commended the Bank for its work and expressed her gratitude to the Bank for involving civil society actors in the process. “We note that the Bank is opening its doors to us, and it is up to us, as civil society…to express our views, exercise our critical duty and transmit our feedback on their strategies and initiatives.”
Underscoring the highly collaborative process, a technical consultation meeting with the directors of cabinet of several ministries working with the Office of the Prime Minister was held on 13 August 2018, prior to the Bank’s review meetings with civil society stakeholders.
The objectives of the numerous meetings and consultations were to engage with key representatives of Côte d’Ivoire’s government and civil society organizations, validate key pillars of the country strategy paper and obtain recommendations from civil society.
Zéneb Touré, Manager of the Bank’s Civil Society Division, emphasized that the consultations are in line with the Bank’s efforts to mainstream civil society in its operations and work closely with communities to ensure social inclusion. The Bank is already establishing strategic partnerships with civil society players with a view to enhancing knowledge sharing for effective delivery of its programs and initiatives.
The role of civil society in the design and implementation phases of the strategy document is crucial for its successful outcome. In a unanimous response to. Doffonsou’s invitation to civil society to engage in all stages of the country strategy review process, the parties to the consultations expressed their interest in continuing the conversation through the Civil Society Division of the African Development Bank. Additionally, they will also be able to interface with the Bank through other mechanisms such as the African Development Bank - Civil Society Committee and the Civil Society Organization Open Days, put in place by the Bank to enhance its partnerships with civil society.
Contact: Civil Society Division