BLOG SURF: Civil society

It has been almost two decades now since ADB formalized its cooperation with NGOs and civil society organizations (CSOs), both of which have grown tremendously in size and diversity, establishing them as influential and independent actors in the development process.

CSOs play a multi-faceted role in ADB’s operations. Not only do they help articulate marginalized voices, but in many instances, they enhance transparency and accountability in governance.

CSOs implement innovative and grassroots-oriented programs in core development sectors such as health, education, water and sanitation, food security, and gender equality, and contribute to developing new knowledge and theories.

CSOs also perform an essential watchdog function, and help monitor development services.

ADB’s 49th ADB Annual Meeting, which took place last month in Frankfurt, Germany, brought close to 300 CSO representatives.