AfDB Emphasizes Civil Society's Role in Shaping Inclusive Growth at Annual Meetings

The panel reiterated that the engagement of civil society in decision-making processes is pivotal for promoting transparency, equality, and inclusivity in development endeavors.


Devdiscourse News Desk | Nairobi | Updated: 03-06-2024 17:43 IST | Created: 03-06-2024 17:43 IST
AfDB Emphasizes Civil Society's Role in Shaping Inclusive Growth at Annual Meetings
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At the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Nairobi, a pivotal debate titled “Mobilising civil society to shape Africa's transformation and reforms of the global financial architecture” underscored the indispensable role of all stakeholders in fostering inclusive growth across the continent. The discussion, held on 31 May, emphasized the imperative of involving civil society in the design and execution of development initiatives.

Moderated by Solomon Mugera, Director of Communications and External Relations at the AfDB, the panel featured esteemed speakers including Beth Dunford, AfDB Vice-President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development, and Masheti Masinjila, Executive Director of the Collaborative Centre for Gender and Development, among others. Together, they highlighted the pivotal contribution of civil society to Africa's economic and social progress.

The panel reiterated that the engagement of civil society in decision-making processes is pivotal for promoting transparency, equality, and inclusivity in development endeavors. By incorporating diverse perspectives and prioritizing community needs, public projects and programs can be better tailored to deliver tangible benefits to local populations.

Mavis Owusu-Gyamfi emphasized the importance of adopting a quantitative framework for measuring economic transformation, focusing on diversification, export competitiveness, productivity, technology, and well-being. Such a framework, she argued, would ensure accountability and guide political decisions based on reliable data.

Reflecting on the event, Masheti Masinjila expressed optimism about civil society's role in influencing global debates on finance and development, emphasizing the significance of grassroots contributions to shaping policy agendas.

Beth Dunford emphasized the necessity of collaboration between stakeholders to ensure effective implementation and monitoring of reforms. She emphasized the importance of accountability, transparency, and trust-building to realize the envisioned impact of development initiatives.

Augustine Njamnshi advocated for the creation of fair and equitable financial structures tailored to Africa's unique challenges and opportunities. He stressed the collective ability to influence reforms and create an enabling financial environment for sustainable development.

Sijh Diagne, advisor to AfDB Vice-President for Finance, highlighted the potential for collaboration between civil society and the AfDB to drive inclusive and sustainable development in Africa.

The insights and recommendations from the debate will inform future engagements, with a focus on strengthening collective commitment to sustainable and inclusive growth across the continent.  

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