Thanks to the generous financial support from Lumière Synergie pour le Développement (Senegal), I was part of a group of over 40 civil society representatives from across Africa and worldwide who came together in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire on the margins of the 2018 Civil Society Forum of the African Development Bank (AfDB) which took place from 7 to 10 May in Abidjan as a prelude to the 2018 Annual Meetings of the AfDB scheduled for Busan, Republic of Korea May 21 - 25, 2018.
The aim of the meeting was to advance our advocacy for people-centred climate-resilient development and industrialization in Africa through the lens of gender, energy, participation and accountability. The meeting also elaborated the areas for possible civil society engagement with the AfDB and highlighted concerns and challenges which which civil society are faced in its engagement with the bank. We discussed various areas of possible engagement that were linked to the current developments that the AfDB is funding and its strategic plan that identifies focus areas for the next few years. We also identified challenges that civil society faces in engaging with the AfDB and grievance mechanisms in general. At the end of the event, key recommendations were drafted into a communique which is available here. Our meeting led into the AfDB’s Civil Society Forum where agreed key issues from our meeting was infused into the forum. In addition, on the sidelines of the forum, a number of private meetings were organised with executive directors of the AfDB where colleagues highlighted our concerns and recommendations.
Esther Gumboh - ACCA SC member