The Executive Director of the Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG), Julius Mukunda has been elected for a two-year term as Africa’s representative at the World Bank Civil Society Policy Forum (CSPF) Working Group.
The CSPF Working Group is an elected group of representatives that serve as a civil society interlocutor with the WB and IMF civil society teams to effectively achieve the objectives of the Forum as a means for engagement and a platform for a globally and thematically diverse group of civil society to voice their concerns, share ideas and experiences, and dialogue with staff on a wide range of issues and development topics.
CSPF provides space for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to dialogue and exchange views with World Bank Group and IMF staff, their peers, government delegations, and other stakeholders on a wide range of topics.
The World Bank Africa region’s strategy for civil society focuses on four pillars:
Strengthening engagement with civil society, parliamentarians and faith-based organizations at the country and regional levels for effective local development solutions
Partnering on actions to promote social inclusion of the marginalized in the development process.
Promoting social accountability including CSOs’ monitoring of Bank operations for development effectiveness.
Advocating for and promoting greater voice and space for African civil society in the development debate.
CSOs according to the World Bank are at the forefront of the development work in the countries. By working closely with communities, CSOs can help ensure that the voice and needs of local populations are taken into account in the design of development programs.
CBTP congratulates Mr Julius Mukunda on this great appointment for service. We wish him and the team a successful term. We will be looking forward to interacting with the team during their term of service.