Civil Society Policy Forum

NewsCivil Society Policy Forum

By: World Bank 

The Civil Society Policy Forum (CSPF) has become an integral part of the World Bank Group (WBG) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Spring and Annual Meetings, providing an open space for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to dialogue and exchange views with Bank and IMF staff, their peers, government delegations, and other stakeholders on a wide range of topics.

The 2019 Annual Meetings Civil Society Policy Forum will take place in Washington DC from Tuesday, October 15  to Friday, October 18, 2019. The program includes:

  • an orientation session on the World Bank Group;
  • a roundtable discussion with World Bank Group Executive Directors;
  • a CSO Townhall with the WBG President and the IMF Managing Director;
  • and CSO-organized, policy dialogue sessions that reflect the diversity of CSO policy concerns. These sessions will be selected from submissions from CSOs sent to us during a call for proposals, which is open until July 26, 2019.

What are CSOs?

CSOs include non-governmental organizations, community groups, labor unions, indigenous peoples movements, faith-based organizations, professional associations, foundations, think tanks, charitable organizations, and other not-for-profit organizations.  Representatives from the private sector, academia or governmental bodies must apply for accreditation through the “Guests” or other respective registration category as clarified on the main 2019 Annual Meetings website.