Multi-stakeholder forum held on civil society and the SDGs
With support from the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), the NGO and Civil Society Center conducted a forum on Engaging Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on 26-28 September 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. The purpose of the forum was to discuss the contribution of CSOs in achieving the SDGs, and how the government, ADB, and other development actors could engage them effectively in the realization of the global goals. Eight selected research papers were presented at the forum, which covered the following topics: innovative ways to address trans-generational poverty, mobilizing local communities for climate resilience, financial inclusion of women, and localizing and monitoring the implementation of the SDGs.
The multi-stakeholder forum was an opportunity to capture the knowledge and expertise of CSOs in poverty reduction, especially in ensuring inclusive development. In addition, it was a venue to form networks and create awareness about the ADB’s cooperation with CSOs.
ADB President meets with CSOs
ADB President Takehiko Nakao met with around 250 representatives of civil society organizations and nongovernmental organizations from ADB member countries on 3 May 2018 at the 51st ADB Annual Meeting. The President thanked CSOs for actively engaging with ADB in the preparation of the Strategy 2030. Following his opening remarks, the President held a question and answer session with the participants.
NGOs celebrate with ADB Staff Community Fund @20
Representatives of more than 20 nongovernment organizations (NGOs) celebrated with ADB's Staff Community Fund during its general assembly at the bank’s headquarters in Manila, Philippines on 20 April 2018. The SCF officers reported how its 20th anniversary last year resulted in almost Php8 million of funds raised mainly from ADB staff, consultants, retirees, and contractors’ contributions and voluntary work bringing to a cumulative total of Php82 million since its inception in 1997. A total of 24 NGOs, and three communities benefited from last year’s proceeds.
The Staff Community Fund is an initiative of the staff members of ADB to help the needy in Metro Manila, Philippines in partnership with NGOs in the form of scholarships, health and nutrition programs, livelihood, and other social assistance.
Community integrity building pilot project launched in Armenia
ADB’s NGO and Civil Society Center and Armenia Resident Mission launched a community integrity building pilot project through an outreach with development partners on 25–28 September in Yerevan, Armenia. ADB partnered with Integrity Action, a network of NGOs, universities, and policy makers, to conduct training for five local NGOs on usage of DevelopmentCheck app, a beneficiary feedback system. These local NGOs will train communities to monitor school rehabilitation and construction as part of ADB’s Seismic Safety Improvement Program in Armenia. See event photos.
Learning event with ADB’s Central West and East Asia CSO Coordinators
ADB's NGO and Civil Society Center and Mongolia Resident Mission co-hosted a learning event on 19–21 September in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia for ADB’s Central West and East Asia CSO coordinators to understand better the role of CSOs in facilitating citizens engagement for project monitoring. See event photos.
Knowledge sharing on engaging CSOs and NGOs in the Pacific
ADB’s NGO and Civil Society Center and the Pacific Department, supported by the ADB Institute, organized a training on 11–13 September in Apia, Samoa for government officials of Samoa and CSO representatives from 8 Pacific member countries to deepen ADB’s CSO engagement in the Pacific. The training focused on how ADB, together with governments, can work more effectively with CSOs in the various phases of ADB’s project cycle. Chief Executive Officer Lavea Tupa'imatuna lulai Lavea of Ministry of Finance and ADB Alternate Governor attended the event. Download training materials. See event photos.
Civil Society Partnership Award for Bhutan's Royal Society for Protection of Nature
Dr. Kinley Tenzin, Executive Director of the Royal Society for Protection of Nature received the Civil Society Partnership Award in recognition of its important contribution in ensuring that women and key stakeholders are able to participate meaningfully in the ADB-supported Gender-Inclusive Access to Clean and Renewable Energy in Bhutan. The award is given to a civil society organization which demonstrates innovation and partnership which have resulted to better and more inclusive development outcomes. Bambang Susantono, Vice President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development), and Amy S.P. Leung, Deputy Director General and Chief Thematic Officer, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department; presented the award on 5 May 2017 during the 50th ADB Annual Meeting held in Yokohama, Japan.
The Royal Society for Protection of Nature is strengthening the participation of diverse social groups and stakeholders, in the areas of enterprise development and electrification. ADB recognizes that effective civil society partnership ensures that projects are responsive to the needs of the poor and marginalized.
Management meets with CSOs
ADB President Takehiko Nakao met with over 200 representatives of civil society organizations and NGOs on 4 May at ADB's 50th Annual Meeting in Yokohama. He answered questions on social and environmental safeguards, ADB's immunity, and Strategy 2030, among others. Also held on 4 May was a civil society panel on ADB's environmental and social safeguards delivery, and a session exploring opportunities for youth to contribute to development.
Participation in ADB projects
ADB NGO and Civil Society Center’s (NGOC) Haidy Ear-Dupuy discussed how using participation approaches can help in project implementation during a Poverty and Social Analysis Training. Around 40 ADB staff participated in the program held 18 to 20 October 2016 at its headquarters in Manila, Philippines.
"Good communication and participation approaches with communities, civil society organizations (CSOs) and governments can help facilitate project implementation," said Haidy. Aside from examples of ADB projects with effective participation approaches, she also cited successes in Open Government Partnership (OGP) where CSOs and governments jointly monitor projects through various means. Haidy advocates for OGP, an international platform to make governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens.
ADB’s Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department sponsored the event.
CSOs help ADB's Myanmar program
Civil society members of the ADB Myanmar Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG) joined ADB's Myanmar Resident Mission in reviewing the proposed Country Partnership Strategy for Myanmar 2017-2021 on 12 October 2016.
Established in 2015, the CSAG is an innovative mechanism for strengthening civil society participation in ADB’s Myanmar operations. Comprised of around six civil society leaders across ADB’s operational areas, the CSAG provides insights on issues related to ADB’s strategy, programs and specific ADB-financed projects. The CSAG was formed as a key element of the Myanmar Civil Society Consultation and Participation Plan.
In 2015, ADB’s approved loans, grants, and technical assistance to Myanmar totalled US$449.25 million. ADB’s program in Myanmar aims to help grow the country’s economy and improve the lives of people, particularly the poor, women, children and other vulnerable groups.