Civil Society Reflections on ADB’s COVID-19 Operations
ADB has pledged US$29.0 billion in COVID-19 assistance, the vast majority of which is public sector support. While the NGO Forum on ADB and its members are pleased to see a proactive approach from ADB in supporting member countries' roadmaps to recovery, concerns have been raised over accountability, transparency, and efficacy of the COVID-19 Active Response and Expenditure Support Program. The Forum shared key findings of its studies in Bangladesh, India, and the Philippines to understand the function and impact of these loans on public expenditures and debt. Discussions on climate change impacts, particularly in climate-vulnerable states were one of the highlights.
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This session is part of ADB's 54th Annual Meeting Civil Society Program (CSP) program.
|Date||Session / Activity||Presentation Material||Speaker(s)|
|04 May 2021||Introduction||Materials will be uploaded once available.||Rayyan Hassan, Executive Director NGO Forum on ADB (Moderator)|
|04 May 2021||Opening Remarks||Materials will be uploaded once available.||MDG Woochong Um, Managing Director General Asian Development Bank|
|04 May 2021||Critical Analysis MDB||Materials will be uploaded once available.||Vidya Dinker, Indian Social Action Forum, (INSAF)/Growthwatch|
|04 May 2021||Question and Answer||Materials will be uploaded once available.||Rayyan Hassan Executive Director NGO Forum on ADB (Moderator)|
|04 May 2021||Case Analysis: Bangladesh COVID-19 Loan||Materials will be uploaded once available.||M. Zakir Hossain Khan, Honorary Executive Director, Change Initiative and Member, Bangladesh Working Group on External Debt (BWGED)|
|04 May 2021||Case Analysis: Philippines COVID-19 Loan||Materials will be uploaded once available.||Dr. Rene Ofroneo President Freedom from Debt Coalition|
|04 May 2021||ADB Response||Woochong Um, Managing Director General Asian Development Bank|
|04 May 2021||Question and Answer||Rayyan Hassan Executive Director NGO Forum on ADB (Moderator)|
|04 May 2021||Closing reactions from panelists and closing from the moderator||All Panelists and Moderators|