Civil Society

AfDB and Civil Society

The African Development Bank’s (AfDB) engagement with civil society began in the early 1990s, when the Bank held its first consultative meeting with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Following the meeting, the Bank developed a policy paper and a Procedures, Mechanisms and Guidelines manual to orient its cooperation with NGOs.

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The Framework for Enhanced Engagement with CSOs

As AfDB has evolved to focus increasingly on promoting poverty reduction through a participatory approach, with an emphasis on accountability, transparency, good governance, outreach and communication, CSOs should be an integral partner in the AfDB’s work on policies, programs and country operations.

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