2018 Civil Society Policy Forum Holds in Washington DC

Christine Lagarde, IMF Managing Director
Christine Lagarde, IMF Managing Director

The 2018 Spring Meetings Civil Society Policy Forum organised by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WBG) will hold  in Washington DC from Tuesday, April 17 to Friday, April 20, 2018.

The Spring Meetings will bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, parliamentarians, private sector executives, representatives from civil society organizations and academics to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development, and aid effectiveness.

 The Civil Society Policy Forum (CSPF) will feature seminars, regional briefings, press conferences, and many other events focused on the global economy, international development, and the world’s financial system.

 The program will also include an orientation session on the World Bank Group; a roundtable discussion with World Bank Group Executive Directors; and CSO-organized, policy dialogue sessions that reflect the diversity of CSO policy concerns.

 CSOs expected at the forum 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 2018 Spring Meetings website. https://www.imf.org/external/Spring/2018/index.htm

The Civil Society Policy Forum (CSPF) will only be opened to CSO representatives who have been accredited to the 2018 Spring Meetings through an online registration portal.  https://registration.worldbank.org/profile/form/index.cfm?PKformID=0x18792abcd

All CSO applications will go through an initial review by the Civil Society Team of the World Bank Group to ensure that the applicants represent CSOs involved in international development policy operations and/or dialogue on issues relevant to the work of the Bank Group and IMF.

Once this criteira is met, applications are reviewed by the relevant Executive Directors’ offices (based on the country where the CSO is based or mainly operates and/or the nationality of the requester) for clearance. The Executive Directors have eight working days to review the requests for registration.

At the end of this process, the participants will be notified by email of the final decision. There is no limit on the number of applicants from a single organization, but each applicant must apply individually.

CSOs are encouraged to apply early, to allow for the relevant reviews and clearances since the applications approval process can take up to 21 days, and to give themselves enough time to make travel and visa arrangements.

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

Registration closes on March 30, 2018