Civil Society Reflections on ADB’s COVID-19 Operations

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Civil Society Reflections on ADB’s COVID-19 Operations

04 May 2021

 

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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Program and Learning Materials: 
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

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