Civil Society Policy Forum

October 9-12, 2018

Bali, Indonesia


  • 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 a 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 Bali, Indonesia from Tuesday, October 9 to Friday, October 12, 2018. The program will include an orientation session on the World Bank Group; a roundtable discussion with World Bank Group Executive Directors; a townhall meeting with the heads of the World Bank Group and the IMF, a Civil Society Innovation Fair, and about 40, mainly CSO-organized, policy dialogue sessions that reflect the diversity of CSO policy concerns. 

    Fair exhibitors and policy sessions will be selected from submissions from CSOs sent to us during a call for proposals. Stay tuned to this website for more information. 

  • A core component of the Civil Society Policy Forum (CSPF) are CSO-organized policy dialogue sessions that run concurrently throughout the Forum.

    Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and CSO networks who are interested in organizing sessions were invited to submit their session proposal during a call for proposals that closed on Sunday, July 15, 2018. 

    Session organizers will be notified if their session has been selected for inclusion in the CSPF, prior to posting the preliminary CSPF program schedule online by mid-August 2018.

    Please note that we cannot guarantee that every proposal will be accepted. Due to the growing demand to host sessions at the CSPF in recent years and space constraints, we ask that each organization sponsor only one session, although you may co-sponsor additional sessions that other organizations are leading. Proposals jointly sponsored with other CSOs - especially from other regions of the world - are highly encouraged!


    • Sessions will only be open to those accredited to attend  the 2018 Annual Meetings. No day passes will be issued for panelists or guests participating in sessions. All participants will have to be registered.  
    • Registration and participation in the CSPF is free, but please be aware that participants -  including session organizers and speakers - are responsible for covering their own travel, accommodation, and per diem costs.  See the Registration tab for more details.
  • The Civil Society Policy Forum (CSPF) is open only to CSO representatives who have been accredited to attend the 2018 Annual Meetings in Bali, Indonesia,through online registration. 



    Registration and participation in the CSPF is free, but please be aware that participants are responsible for covering their own travel, accommodation, and living costs. Participants are also responsible for applying for their entry visa to Indonesia. 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 involved in international development policy operations and/or dialogue on issues relevant to the work of the Bank Group and IMF. (See "What are CSOs?" paragraph in the overview page)

    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 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.

    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. 

    Venue & Visas

    More information is available here

  • Terms of reference and composition of the 2018 CSPF Working Group:

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