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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

  • 25 February 2021 Engaging the youth in anticorruption initiatives

    ADB and OECD’s Anti-Corruption Initiative held a seminar on engaging youth in the corruption fight for over 80 Asia-Pacific anticorruption officials on 25 February 2021. The event was held in partnership with the Independent Commission Against Corruption of Hong Kong, China, and is the second of a four-part capacity development series.

  • 8 February 2021 DOLE Graduation Program: Building Resilience in the Philippines through Sustainable Livelihoods

    COVID-19 brought major disruptions into the livelihoods of Filipinos especially in poor households and communities. ADB and Philippines Department of Labor and Employment, with technical support from BRAC, implemented a graduation pilot project that builds resilience by providing the participating households with a comprehensive and sequenced set of interventions in livelihoods promotion, social protection, financial inclusion, and social empowerment. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the households with food production livelihoods were able to feed their own family as well as supplied the community when the local markets were closed during the lockdown. The robust monitoring and remote check-in via phone enabled quick assessment and support to the evolving vulnerabilities of the households in two municipalities and three cities in Negros Occidental. Watch the video on Youtube

  • 27 January 2021 A Journey of Growth and Transformation: The DOLE Graduation Approach Project

    The graduation approach is an innovation in social protection that builds on a foundation of social assistance with a holistic set of poverty reduction interventions aimed at tackling multiple facets of poverty. The Philippines Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), in partnership with the ADB and with technical support from BRAC, implemented a graduation pilot project targeting 1,800 poor households in Negros Occidental, which was underpinned by a research agenda including a randomized control trial. Watch the video on YouTube

  • 17 August 2020 Asia Pacific Youth Symposium discusses the new normal post COVID-19

    VP Bambang Susantono on 12 August 2020 delivered the opening remarks of the Asia Pacific Youth Symposium (APYS) celebrating International Youth Day. APYS is a series of knowledge sessions on youth economic empowerment and the 'new normal' impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. More than 700 registered participants interacted via Zoom in the first session, with an additional of about 2,500 joining via Facebook Live from across 40 countries. 

  • 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). The panel featured academics and civil society representatives who are knowledge and practice leaders on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) inclusion in Asia and the Pacific Region. They discussed how difficulties in identifying and accessing LGBTI populations can be avoided, and emphasized the importance of using appropriate language to ensure accurate and inclusive data collection.

  • 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. The CSOs noted the increased cases of domestic violence in Q1 2020 due to COVID-19 and highlighted the need for public awareness raising, legal and psychological counselling for survivors, and behavior change communications for perpetrators.

  • 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. The CAC shall serve as a key mechanism to share information with CSOs, organize consultation processes on specific projects, utilize capacity building products, and ensure that CSO views are represented during CPS development.

  • 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. The training included detailed discussions about ADB’s improved business processes for contracting CSOs.

  • 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.

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