Forum letter to ADB President on the occasion of the ADB AGM May 2020 amid the COVID19 pandemic

The coming year will be of change and new ideas to help build a post COVID19 sustainable, healthy, and greener world. To do so, the ADB must bring independent civil society voices into its planning and policy formulation. It is through listening to the voices on the ground that the bank will be able to address the development question, which it intends to solve. Pres. Asakawa, it is the people and the environment that are the true test of development outcomes, not the fractions of GDP rise. 

© Anthony DSD

© Zydeaosika

Letter to AIIB regarding Development Finance Institution's Covid-19 response

DFIs’ response to Covid-19 should support equitable and universal access to healthcare, food, water, and other essential services. This includes avoiding projects that harm the environment, displace people, increase surveillance and militarization risks, or threaten sustainable livelihoods and food security. Taking a human rights-based approach to the development will also help address project and portfolio risks, and channel funds in a way that is most impactful for people, peoples, and the planet.

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Make COVID Funds Transparent and Accountable

Even before COVID has done its impacts the ADB has forecasted the impacts to the economy. Its press release dated April 3 state the Asian Development Outlook 2020, forecasts significant headwinds for Sri Lanka’s economy as it fights the spread of COVID-19, which comes less than 12 months after the terror attacks in April 2019.

©Anke Sundermeier 

© Zydeaosika

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