Civil Society Forum: Engaging with civil society to accelerate Africa’s industrialization

The 2018 edition of the African Development Bank’s Civil Society Forum, “Engaging Civil Society to Accelerate Africa’s Industrialization,” kicked off Monday in Abidjan. The goal of the forum: to strengthen the institution’s engagement with civil society on the path to Africa’s industrialization, echoing the Bank’s High 5 development priority “Industrialize Africa”.

Participants at the Abidjan gathering discussed ways of bringing together various actors, including businesses, governments, and civil society, to define the key mechanisms needed to accelerate industrialization.

Vanessa Moungar, Director of the Bank’s Gender, Women and Civil Society Department, emphasized “the importance of strengthening the Bank’s commitment and partnership with CSOs to better address…

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