AfDB Eyes Strengthening Civil Society Engagement

The African Development Bank has commenced its work to beef up its engagement with the civil society.

An AfDB task force met on Aug. 8 to review an updated draft of the framework on the bank’s civil society engagement. The group agreed to define how the framework fits the bank’s medium-term strategy as well as create entry points for civil society engagement in all processes.

The bank decided in 2010 to revise anew its civil society engagement framework, which has origins in the 1990s.

At a forum held during this year’s AfDB annual meetings in Lisbon, representatives from civil society groups called for more transparency in the bank’s policies and activities to enable them to promote the relevance and efficiency of AfDB operations on the ground, according to a news release.

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