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A multi-purpose cooperative in the Philippines shows how civil society and communities working together can improve livelihood opportunities, while also looking after the environment.

5 myths about partnering with civil society

ADB's engagement with CSOs and NGOs has changed over time, and Strategy 2020 highlights partnerships with  both as central to ADB's project development processes — but there are still misconceptions about working with CSOs, which create challenges not only for ADB but for other development institutions as well.

Suzanne Nazal

As part of a study on ADB's Social Protection Strategy, the Independent Evaluation Department (IED) conducted a field visit in Cebu City, Philippines, to draw lessons from a cash transfer program funded by the World Bank and ADB. Photo Credit: Nadejda Kondratiev

A call for stronger social protection

Social protection is moving up in the global development agenda with good reason. Sweeping social and demographic changes will be an unstoppable driver of demand for governments to provide social protection—as will widening wealth gaps, economic crises, and, especially in Asia and the Pacific, the increased severity of natural disasters.

Vinod Thomas

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