At AfDB /CSOs Event in Kenya;

 PACJA’s Dr Augustine Njamnshi delivers key Message on priorities for Africa’s transformation.

By Elias Ngalame


The African Development Bank annual meeting Nairobi, Kenya ended over the weekend with the civil society raising their voice on the need to strengthen collaboration to better foster development in the continent. The Bank’s civil society engagement during the meeting held a session on “Engaging Civil Society in shaping Africa’s transformation and the Reform of the Global Financial Architecture,”

 The session brought together various actors from Africa’s civil society organizations, including youth and women.

Dr. Augustine Njamnshi, Chair, Technical and Political affairs at Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) delivered remarks in which he shared priorities to be considered for Africa’s transformation and the Reform of the Global Financial Architecture.

 “Today, we stand united on a platform that champions dialogue and collaboration. This event is not just a meeting; it is a testament to our collective commitment to fostering open, people-centred engagement. Our collaboration exemplifies the power of partnership, where every voice matters, and every contribution counts,” Njamnshi said in his address a civil society side event at  the African Development Bank Group’s Annual Meetings, which took place in the Kenyan capital from 27 to 31 May

He lauded the establishment and commitment of the Bank-Civil Society Committee and the Civil Society Coalition on Climate and Energy which are eloquent testimony of that collaboration.

The Bank’s partnership with Civil Society accordingly, ensures that development initiatives are inclusive, reflecting the diverse needs and aspirations of the people it serves.




“Collaboration with Civil Society strengthens transparency and accountability, fostering a culture of openness in project implementation and financial management. Civil Society brings local expertise and on-the-ground insights, enriching the Bank’s understanding of nuanced challenges and facilitating the design of contextually relevant solutions, Njamnshi reiterated.

To him, the role of Africa in transformation is undeniable and unstoppable. He said that “From the bustling markets of Lagos to the innovative tech hubs of Nairobi, Africa is on a trajectory of growth and advancement that cannot be derailed. As we champion economic development, we must ensure that this transformation is inclusive and benefits all, leaving no one behind”

The global finance architecture is not just a desire but an imperative.

 “The current system must evolve to better serve our unique needs and aspirations. We must advocate for financial structures that are fair, equitable, and responsive to the challenges and opportunities we face. Together, we can influence these reforms and create a financial environment conducive to sustainable development,” he emphasized.

Njamnshi called for the reinforcement of cooperation through the new Civil Society Action Plan 2024-2028 we all participated in the development.

 “This plan is not just a document; it is a roadmap for action. We must move from commitments to tangible implementation, ensuring that our strategies translate into real-world impact. By working hand in hand, the Bank and civil society can harness our collective strengths to achieve our shared goals, “he said .


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