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The African Development Bank has made efforts to catalyze enhanced engagement with civil society for more than two decades. In the early 1990s, it held its first consultative meeting with nongovernmental organizations in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, and developed a policy paper and a Procedures, Mechanisms and Guidelines manual to direct its cooperation with NGOs. These were revised in 1999 to reflect enhanced commitment to this cooperation and focusing more broadly on civil society. To guide and facilitate Bank collaboration with civil society organizations, a joint committee was established in 2000.
Building on the lessons of two decades of practice, the Bank adopted a Framework for Enhanced Engagement with Civil Society Organizations in 2012 to enhance its collaboration with CSOs, structuring its broader, deeper engagement through outreach, dialogue, and partnership at the corporate, regional/country and project levels to support CSO capacity building and to strengthen efforts to involve them in specific areas of Bank work.
Since 2016, the Bank has been consulting with civil society across the five Africa sub-regions. This has led to the development of an Action Plan that updates the largely valid 2012 Framework to take into account the High 5 priorities and the Ten-Year Strategy (2013-2022). It differs from the original CSO Framework by mainstreaming rather than merely strengthening engagement with civil society in all Bank operational work.
The Institutional framework for the Bank’s Civil Society and community Engagement comprises:
The Operational Framework for the bank’s Civil Society Engagement is composed of:
The Bank’s Institutional and operational framework for Engagement with civil society is crucial to: