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The African Development Bank: Engaging Civil Society in Accelerating Africa's Industrialisation

By June 4, 2018 2 Comments


The African Development Bank (AfDB) convened a 3-day Civil Society Forum (CSF) themed “Engaging Civil Society in Accelerating Africa’s Industrialisation”.
This year’s theme was framed based on the realisation of the expanding role of Civil Society in Africa and the increasing importance of multi-stakeholder engagement. We were glad to have been a part of the discussions to shape priorities on the continent across various thematic areas- Energy Access, Youth Unemployment, Agriculture based inclusive industrialization and Social Innovation.
The sessions were insightful across the board, especially in learning of the AfDB’s perspectives and strategy for industrialisation; lessons shared and resounding recommendations from practitioners to the Bank and policymakers across the continent. It was a great time connecting with other CSO players across the continent, exploring opportunities and forging more areas of collaboration.
A major highlight of the conference was the capacity building workshop on the emerging ecosystem of Social Impact Entrepreneurship where we shared our lessons and experiences from our Social Innovators Programme.


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