Civil Society Policy Forum
April 17-21, 2017World Bank Group / IMF 2017 Spring Meetings


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.

The CSPF will convene in Washington DC from Monday, April 17 to Friday, April 21, 2017. The program will include an orientation session on the World Bank Group; a roundtable with World Bank Group Executive Directors; and about 40, mainly CSO-organized, policy dialogue sessions that reflect the diversity of CSO policy concerns.

These sessions will be selected from submissions sent to us during a call for proposals, which ran until February 24, 2017, and is now closed.


Tentative Schedule
Monday, April 17 World Bank Group Orientation Session 
Tuesday, April 18 Morning: Technical Learning Session
Afternoon: CSPF Sessions
Evening: Roundtable with WBG Executive Directors
Wednesday, April 19 All day: CSPF Sessions
Thusrday, April 20 All day: CSPF Sessions
Evening: Networking Reception
Friday, April 21 All day: CSPF Sessions



Please click here to register. 

The Civil Society Policy Forum (CSPF) will only be open to CSO representatives who have been accredited to the 2017 Spring Meetings through online registration.

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


Registration and participation in the CSPF is free, but please be aware that participants are responsible for covering their own travel, accommodation, and per diem costs.  Participants are also responsible for applying for their entry visa to the USA.   Unfortunately, we have come across some entities offering to register participants for a fee.  If you come across any such entity, please report them to so we can take appropriate action.

Application Process

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

Once this criteria 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 of the final decision by the Civil Society Team.  There is no limit on the number of applicants from a single organization, but each applicant must apply individually.

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 2016 Annual Meetings website.

Since the application's approval can take up to 21 days, we encourage CSO representatives to apply early to given themselves enough time to make travel and visa arrangements and to ensure that there is enough time to complete the relevant reviews and clearances.


If you need a visa to enter the United States, please request registration as soon as possible, noting that the approval of your registration request can take up to three weeks and we will not be able to provide an invitation letter until that process is complete. The World Bank Group and IMF do not assist with the visa application process in United States Consulates as this is the responsibility of each traveler.

Following registration approval, you can use your confirmation email as evidence of the purpose of your visit to Washington during your visa interview. The Bank Group and IMF will not be responsible for delays in visa processing.

  • Date: Monday, April 17 - Friday, April 21, 2017
  • Venue: Washington, D.C.


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Civil Society Policy Forum - Spring Meetings 2017

Registration will be open until Monday, April 3, 2017