The overarching goal of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is to achieve sustainable results in reducing poverty in the Asia and Pacific region. To be effective, development operations must respond to the needs of the people, especially the poor. And engagement with stakeholders must take place at all stages of the operational cycle including policy and strategy formulation, project development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.
In ADB operations, participation enables support and ownership by a range of stakeholders, improves project processing and quality of entry, improves quality during implementation, and strengthens sustainability of development results. Civil society and other stakeholders play a key role with their expertise and knowledge of participatory processes to improve the quality of participation in ADB’s operations.
An ADB Guide to Participation, Strengthening Participation for Developmental Results, is the source of content from this e-course. This publication also complements other initiatives for improving ADB’s engagement of stakeholders and its overall performance. Such include the Managing for Development Results initiative, continuing efforts to improve design and monitoring frameworks, information disclosure and communication through the Public Communications Policy, and broader work on social analysis. The Guide and this accompanying e-course is a welcome addition to ADB’s resources for improving the quality of services to our DMCs.
The overall purpose of this e-course is make all the key players, stakeholders of ADB projects, aware on the vital role of CSO participation in crafting ADB policies, projects, and programs. This is a knowledge-sharing activity for participants of this e-course to know the various types of CSOs, orientation, purpose, operation and advocacies, as well as in the importance of CSO participation. Specific cases of CSO Participation in preparing Country Program Strategies will be shown for Cambodia and Myanmar. Examples of projects with CSO participation will also be cited.
Who Should Take this e-Course
This e-course has been designed for those responsible for participation in designing and implementing projects and in developing and reviewing policies and country programs. These include ADB staff, DMC officials, private sector clients, consultants, and civil society organizations (CSos).
After completing this e-course, the learners should be able to:
1. Describe CSO Participation
2. Recognize the importance of CSO Participation in ADB Operations
3. Complete a Stakeholder Analysis Template
4. Apply the template timeline in developing a Participation Plan
5. Complete a Stakeholder Communication Strategy template
6. Identify ways ADB strengthens CSO engagement
Module 1: The Basics of Civil Society Participation
CSO participation supports good governance, citizenship, and accountability and promotes innovation, responsiveness, and sustainability, linked directly to development effectiveness. In this first module, you will be introduced to basic information about CSO Participation including definitions, types, importance and the like.
Module 2: Stakeholder Analysis and Consultation
To be discussed in this module are the first 3 tools (Tool 1: Stakeholder Analysis; Tool 2: Maximizing Participation in the Design and Monitoring Framework and Tool 3: Participatory Assessment) described in the guide. As a first step, Stakeholder Analysis and Consultation is vital in various parts of the project cycle.
Module 3: Developing a Participation Plan
This module describes Tool 4: Developing a Participation Plan. More specifically, this involves engaging stakeholders in the planning of a project.
Module 4: Developing a Stakeholder Communications Plan
To cap this e-course, the last module will guide the e-learner to developing a Stakeholder Communications Plan (Tool 5 of 7 Tools in the guide).
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