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ADB and Civil Society

ADB cooperates with a broad range of civil society organizations (CSOs), including nongovernment organizations (NGOs) to strengthen its efforts to reduce poverty and increase the effectiveness, quality, and sustainability of its operations.

Activities with CSOs

  • 20 May 2020 ADB hosts webinar to address LGBTI data gap

    ADB's NGO and Civil Society Center hosted on 20 May 2020, a virtual panel event on the LGBTI data gap. The webinar was part of a joint collaboration with the World Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and Inter-American Development Bank to commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB).

  • 17 April 2020 Mongolia Resident Mission holds virtual consultation on proposed gender projects with CSOs

    On 17 April 2020, Mongolia Resident Mission facilitated a consultation meeting with six CSOs to obtain their views on the preliminary scope of the proposed additional financing to Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction-financed grant on Combating Domestic Violence Against Women and Children. The consultation also sought CSO views on the proposed emergency technical assistanceto prevent and address domestic violence in light of the pandemic.

  • 14 March 2020 Uzbekistan's Khorezm Rural Advisory Support Service conducts training on livestock value chain development

    With support from the ADB’s Uzbekistan Resident Mission, the Khorezm Rural Advisory Support Service (KRASS), a nongovernment organization, held a meeting with farmers and entrepreneurs on 14 March 2020 to raise awareness about ADB’s Livestock Value Chain Development Project. The initiative seeks to build farmers’ capacity in maximizing their profits from livestock farming. 

  • 21 December 2019 Civil Society Advisory Committee established in ADB Mongolia Resident Mission

    On 21 December 2019, ADB's Mongolia Resident Mission established a Civil Society Advisory Committee (CAC) to facilitate civil society engagement in country programming and the development of ADB and Mongolia’s Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for 2021-2024. The CAC comprises 7 members representing major CSO networks and alliances, operating in sectors that are relevant to ADB operations in Mongolia.

  • 11 November 2019 Cross-learning through tripartite training in the Pacific

    ADB held a training to enhance the knowledge and skills of selected government officials, CSO representatives, and ADB staff to strengthen the participation of CSOs in the Pacific. Held on 11–15 November 2019 in Sydney, Australia, the training convened participants from Cook Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Government and CSO participants gained a deeper understanding of ADB operations, including existing windows for CSO cooperation in country programming, projects, and policy development.

  • 30 October 2019 ADB Youth for Asia and ImpactHub Manila hold record-breaking hackathon

    ADB Youth for Asia and various ADB departments partnered with ImpactHub Manila in holding a hackathon on 30-31 October 2019. The event aimed to promote youth entrepreneurship and seek innovative solutions on issues related to agriculture, climate change, health, education, and smart cities. The initiative broke the Philippine record for the largest 24-hour hackathon ever held, with over 4,000 participants from 15 cities across the country.

  • 27 October 2019 Community consultations promote safeguards in Myanmar

    ADB's Myanmar Resident Mission, in cooperation with the Project Management Unit of Myanmar's Ministry of Construction, organized a series of meetings with civil society organizations, villagers, and local government representatives in Kayin State on 27 October 2019. During the meetings, participants discussed the project’s revised grievance redress mechanism, which encourages community feedback and resolution at the village level. 

  • 11 October 2019 ADB recognizes the International Day of the Girl

    ADB Youth for Asia, together with its partners, Plan International and the Asia Pacific Youth Exchange, celebrated the International Day of the Girl at ADB headquarters in Manila as part of a capacity-building workshop on youth-led approaches to gender equality.

  • 3 September 2019 ADB staff and consultants join in training on working with civil society at ADB’s headquarters

    ADB’s NGO and Civil Society Center (NGOC) conducts annual skills development programs to targeted ADB staff who regularly engage with CSOs. The 3–5 September 2019 event convened 33 participants from ADB’s regional departments, Department of Communications, and the Private Sector Operations Department. The training served as a venue for the participants to develop and share their departments’ action plans on how to effectively engage with CSOs in 2020.

  • 26 September 2018 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.