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  June 2013
Volume 13, Issue 2  

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High-Level Panel on Eminent Persons on post-2015 agenda


An ADB delegation joined public sector, CSO, academe, youth, and private sector representatives that interacted with HLPEP on principles and content for the post-2015 development agenda on 25 March in Indonesia. Discussions addressed inequalities and exclusions as part of poverty reduction.

Briefings on 2012 ADB Accountability Mechanism in Astana and Almaty

3Apr-Briefing-Astana-1Apr13Executing and implementing agencies, private sector, and civil society attended briefings on the 2012 Accountability Mechanism on 1 and 3 April. The event, organized by OSPF and OCRP with support from KARM, discussed engagements at the earliest stage in the project cycle to avoid complaints.

CARM: NGO dialogue on monitoring resettlement held

4Apr-DSC_0306_Large_CD Eric Sidgwick on 3 April discussed with 15 CSO representatives the internal monitoring report for the railway rehabilitation project, made by resettlement specialist Michael Cernea. The government is reviewing recommendations to improve involuntary resettlement under the project.

OAI conducts anticorruption seminars to private sector partners in Viet Nam

28May-anticorruptionseminar1Over 100 consultants, contractors, suppliers, and NGOs attended seminars on 21 May in Ha Noi and 27 May in Ho Chi Minh City on requirements of ADB's Anticorruption Policy. VRM's Jesper Petersen gave opening remarks and encouraged participants to join the fight against fraud and corruption.

NRM: Construction on community irrigation project begins

28May-nrm1 copyCD Kenichi Yokoyama and Local Infrastructure and Agricultural Roads DG Bhupendra Basnet on 25 May laid the foundation stone of the Kothi Bandh Irrigation Subproject. The officials stressed the importance of community participation, transparency and accountability, gender and social inclusion, and judicious use of water in agriculture. 

PRCM: Presentations on gender awareness

31May-prcmSenior Advisor for Gender Shireen Lateef on 30 May presented ADB's gender strategies and operational plan to PRCM staff and at meetings on project GAPs. She also led a roundtable with senior staff from UN agencies, Central Party School, and local women's CSOs. 



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Promoting Cooperation in Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures for Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation

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New Publications

With a view to strengthening ADB cooperation with civil society organizations, the NGO and Civil Society Center periodically prepares reports on the context for civil society organization activities in various developing countries in Asia and the Pacific. These studies contribute to awareness of the important role that civil society organizations play in promoting development across the Asia-Pacific region. The reports are often prepared by nongovernment organizations (NGOs) or with substantial input from NGOs.

This brief provides an overview of civil society in Bhutan.

This report analyzes comprehensive 2009 data on government social protection programs in 35 countries in Asia and the Pacific. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) used its Social Protection Index to help assess the nature and the effectiveness of these programs, as well as to facilitate cross-country comparisons.

This publication showcases eight projects that delivered exemplary and significant results in their implementation. These projects represent various sectors such as energy, urban development, transport, information and communications technology, irrigation, and disaster risk reduction.

ADB and Civil Society Learning Together

Asia-Pacific youth call on leaders to address water security
20May-headlineasiapacificyouthAYWFphotos_ADBToday-1 2NGOC and RSID facilitated the participation of 150 youth representatives at the 2nd Asia-Pacific Water Summit in Chiang Mai on 13-18 May. The youth underscored the importance of education, projects aimed at reducing carbon emissions, and youth engagement 

Big ideas with big impact: Grand Challenges Canada on health innovation
Peter Singer, CEO of Grand Challenges Canada, a non-profit organization funded by the government of Canada, will present its program on health innovations. He will discuss opportunities for GCC-funded projects in the region

ADB-AusAID high-level forum on building resilience to fragility in Asia and the Pacific
The forum brought together ministers, government officials, development partners, and CSOs to discuss building resilience to fragility in support of the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States

Water CoP catchment series: Reaching out to NGOs/CSO
SEUW's Hubert Jenny will share outcomes of VRM's outreach program that provides NGOs/CSOs an opportunity to understand ADB's operations in the water sector and collaborate on designing and implementing projects in this sector

CARM holds consultations on CPS and ADO
19June-CARM1A CARM delegation met with stakeholders on 31 May-14 June to discuss the CPS, 2014-2018 and ADO's chapter on Cambodia in meetings at four provincial public information centers. Students and representatives from civil society, business, and government identified key CPS challenges and the next steps. Presentations such as Cambodia's macroeconomic prospects concluded the sessions. 

VP Groff speaks at EastWest Institute in New York
25Jun-VP02-bThe VP on 24 June was the speaker at a roundtable discussion on the Water-Energy Nexus in Southeast Asia: Promoting Regional Stability and Economic Security, hosted by the EastWest Institute and joined by the private sector, NGOs, and civil society. VP Groff met with Asia Society President Josette Sheeran and UN Assistant Secretary-Generals Ajay Chibber and Olav Kjorven to discuss opportunities for partnership. The VP also met with the Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones to discuss ADB operations in Myanmar and the PRC. 

Training, Conferences, and Workshops

Strengthening Policies and Practices for Low-Carbon Green Grwoth in Asia, 16–18 July 2013, Tokyo, ADBI

G20 Finance Ministers' and Central Bank Governors' Deputies Meeting, 18–19 July 2013, Moscow, G20

Global launch of the MDG 2012/13 Report, "The Post 2015 Development Agenda in Asia and the Pacific Regional Perspectives", 17 September 2013, New York, ADB-ESCAP-UNDP


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