ADB Cooperation with Civil Society Biennial Report 2011–2012
The ADB Cooperation with Civil Society Biennial Report 2011–2012 presents an overview of ADB’s work with CSOs and documents CSO cooperation in ADB-financed projects, policies, and programs.
Civil society organizations (CSOs), including nongovernment organizations (NGOs), are important stakeholders of ADB. This report is a compilation of ADB’s engagement with civil society organizations, including NGOs, at the policy and strategy, country and regional programming, and project operations.
ADB’s NGO and CSO focal points throughout ADB, and the institution as one entity, seek to strengthen cooperation with civil society in the understanding that engagement of all stakeholders can further increase and boost development effectiveness.
Civil society engagement
Highlights of ADB's civil society engagement over 2011 and 2012 include the following:
- Civil society participation in ADB annual meetings nearly doubled, from 205 registered participants in 2011 to a record high of 395 in 2012. The expanded civil society program includes new activities such as youth debates, knowledge-sharing activities, and a showcase of civil society projects;
- Civil society participation in ADB-financed projects increased from 91% in 2011 to 98% in 2012;
- In 2011–2012, ADB’s NGO and Civil Society Center conducted extensive awareness workshops and updated the publication Strengthening Participation for Development: An Asian Development Bank Guide to Participation;
- ADB worked with CSOs to review the Accountability Mechanism policy, which provides a forum where people affected by ADB-assisted projects can solve problems and report alleged ADB noncompliance with its operational policies and procedures. The strengthened mechanism took effect on 24 May 2012;
- The NGO and Civil Society Center published a quarterly newsletter that was sent to more than 1,000 subscribers;
- ADB published and posted civil society briefs for 10 countries. Many were translated into national languages;
- Knowledge-sharing workshops on Strengthening Participation for Development Results were held in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Cambodia, Thailand, and Viet Nam;
- Outreach tours increased awareness and understanding of the newly revised Public Communications Policy 2011;
- CSOs continued to monitor implementation of Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy initiated by the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program;
- In Cambodia, ADB hosted four civil society roundtables for 75 national CSOs;
- As part of its reengagement with Myanmar, ADB held extensive meetings and consultations with CSOs in that country;
- ADB staff attended workshops to expand effective engagement with civil society and share knowledge on best practices; and
- In the Philippines, CSOs provided vital information for planning disaster relief strategies and acted as technical partners to solve environmental problems.
- Highlights of Civil Society Engagement, 2011 and 2012
- Participation of Civil Society Organizations in ADB Operations by Sector and Theme
- Civil Society Participation in ADB Operations: Highlights by Region
- Support Resources for CSO Engagement with ADB