The African Development Bank (AfDB) has emphasized on the continued role of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in promoting principles of transparency, accountability as the key ingredients in achieving inclusive and sustainable development in Africa.
Last week, AfDB hosted a webinar on accountability and good governance in projects funded by multilateral development banks. Eight Southern African countries participated in the webinar and these includes Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Speaking at the webinar, Vanessa Moungar, Director of the Bank’s Gender, Women and Civil Society sensitized African groups about the role and importance of independent accountability mechanisms and how greater transparency and accountability in development bank-funded projects enhances social and environmental impacts for beneficiaries.
“The role of CSOs in promoting principles of transparency and accountability, and in amplifying citizens’ voice and participation are key ingredients in achieving inclusive and sustainable development,” she said.
The webinar composed of two sessions with the first being conducted by Independent Accountability Mechanisms (IAMs) on the issues of accountability, the role of IAMs and CSOs in the process and how to identify projects funded by the African Development Bank and the World Bank.
Regional Director of the AfDB Southern Africa Regional Office, Leila Mokadem reiterated the role of CSOs as key development partners in the transformation of their country’s social and economic situation. She encouraged participants to continue to work together for the inclusive and sustainable development of the continent.
The second session was organized in the form of brainstorming around safety of CSOs in raising their voices, possible collaboration/partnerships between IAMs and CSOs in the field of accountability, and the response by IAMs to the issue of intimidation and reprisals against CSOs and Project Affected People (PAPs).
As the global response to COVID-19 pandemic transitions from emergency response to long-term reconstruction, AfDB and Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), in collaboration with the World Bank are focused on strengthening the capacity of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in African countries affected by fragility, conflict, and violence, to respond to the effects of the pandemic.
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