Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) are integral audiences and partners of the EBRD in the countries where it invests. They provide a valuable contribution to the development of our policies, strategies and the implementation of investment projects, promote public dialogue and hold governments and policy makers publicly accountable.
For the EBRD’s purposes, civil society includes non-governmental organisations (NGOs), policy and research think tanks, social movements, labour unions, community-based organisations, women’s groups, business development organisations and other socio-economic and labour-market actors, including individual activists.
Our ongoing dialogue with civil society focuses on human rights and democracy, environmental and social issues, economic inclusion and gender, transparency, good governance and business development issues related to EBRD’s work and our countries of operations.
The EBRD's engagement with CSOs is designed to: