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Lainie C. Thomas
Principal Operations Coordination Specialist (Conflict-Affected Situations), Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank
Prior to her current assignment, Lainie supported civil society participation in ADB’s operations through its NGO and Civil Society Center and led health and education projects in Southeast Asia. Before joining ADB, she worked for a range of international and local nongovernment organizations. With more than 25 years of development experience, she has also worked in the field in Kenya, South Sudan, Azerbaijan, Somalia, Cambodia, and The Gambia.
This piece answers how civil society organizations can collaborate with ADB in its efforts to effectively and sustainably reduce poverty.
Appreciative Inquiry, Most Significant Change, Social Audit are activities that can be used to engage stakeholders in project evaluation.
Problem Tree, Beneficiary Assessment, and Participatory Impact Pathways Analysis are useful tools when preparing the design and monitoring framework for CSO engagement.
Community Radio, Participatory Action Research, and Television Drama are some of the implementation tools for communications and behaviour change.
Baselining, Ten Seed Technique, Seasonal Calendar, Community Mapping, Transect Walk, and Visioning are all participatory tools used for assessment.
Visual Associations Mapping, Stakeholder Mapping Matrices, and Venn Diagrams can be used as stakeholder analysis tools for CSO engagement in the Pacific.
This piece offers practical advice as to why working with civil society is important in the Pacific and how greater engagement between CSOs, government, and the Asian Development Bank can be achieved.
Boarding facilities and pilot innovations boost enrolment and retention of girls and ethnic minorities in lower secondary schools in Viet Nam.
The Southville 7 community in the Philippines shows how different sectors of society worked successfully together to turn a basic housing project into a livable community for 5,000 resettled families.