ADB and Civil Society

In the Spotlight

ADB works in partnership with a broad range of civil society organizations to strengthen its efforts to reduce poverty.

Working at the grassroots level, CSOs fill a vital space in the development process, giving voice to marginalized communities, providing expertise and knowledge, testing innovative approaches to poverty reduction, and ensuring beneficiary participation in projects.

ADB cooperates with CSOs to increase the effectiveness, quality, and sustainability of its operations.

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 50th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank

ADB welcomes the participation of accredited civil society organizations (CSOs) and NGOs to its 50th Annual Meeting. While participation to the meeting is free, attendees pay for their own travel and accommodation expenses.

To be accredited, a CSO must satisfy the following criteria: 1) Operates legally in an ADB member, 2) Is independent of the state and has not been created for profit-making purposes, and 3) Engages in activities related to development policy and practice relevant to ADB operations.To request for accreditation, complete the form found on this site:

Deadline for requesting accreditation is 31 Mar 2017.


  • Speech 06 Sep 2016

    Keynote Address at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Independent Accountability Mechanisms - Takehiko Nakao

    Keynote address by ADB President Takehiko Nakao at the 13th Annual Meeting of Independent Accountability Mechanisms on 6 September 2016 in Manila, Philippines.
  • Publication 16 Aug 2016

    Highlights: ADB Annual Meeting - Germany 2016 Highlights: ADB Annual Meeting - Germany 2016

    About 3,500 participants took part in discussions about how ADB can further scale up efforts to reduce poverty in Asia and the Pacific and help achieve a more sustainable future, during ADB's 49th Annual Meeting in Frankfurt, Germany.
  • Publication 20 Jul 2016

    Working with ADB: A Primer for Identifying Business Opportunities for NGOs Working with ADB: A Primer for Identifying Business Opportunities for NGOs

    ADB wants more civil society organizations involved in its projects, from the design through evaluation. This primer gives an overview of how ADB and civil society works together, and tips on how NGOs can bid for ADB-financed contracts.