Artists should be on the frontline of Africa’s development, given their pivotal role as communicators, musician and Senegal’s former Culture and Tourism Minister, Youssou N’Dour, said at the opening of the 2020 African Development Bank Civil Society Forum.
The two-day CSO Forum kicked off on Thursday under the theme, ‘Engaging Civil Society in building back better after COVID-19.’
The virtual event opened with remarks from senior AfDB officials, including acting Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development, Wambui Gichuri:
Director for Gender, Women and Civil Society, Vanessa Moungar and AfDB’s President, Akinwumi Adesina, with the Chair of the Graca Machel Trust, Graça Machel, representing the civil society.
Adesina later engaged in a conversation with Machel and N’Dour.
“The role of civil society in monitoring interventions is crucial and important to ensure they are effectively deployed to reach the poor and vulnerable, who are most affected,” Adesina said, adding that the bank will step up its efforts in the area.
Adesina added that the critical issue was not the amount of funds that provided by AfDB and others, but who they reach, adding that transparency and accountability are also critical.
Machel noted the bank’s strong track record of working with governments and the private sector. She appealed for increased bank funding to directly support civil society efforts to address the impact of the pandemic on the most vulnerable and hard-to-reach families in our societies.
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